When Brittany Murphy married Simon Monjack in May 2007, few had heard of the guy, and those who had generally didn't have very positive things to say.
They seemed happy throughout their low-profile marriage. But in the aftermath of Murphy's shocking death Sunday, Simon Monjack is back in the spotlight.
Who is this guy? He's often referred to as a screenwriter, but his IMDB page lists just two films: Factory Girl and the U.K. indie drama Two Days, Nine Lives.
Part of the reason Brittany's fans were suspicious of her out-of-nowhere marriage to the Brit was his shady background of financial issues and evictions.
Simon Monjack was booted from four separate apartments from 1996-2007.
In 2006, he was sued by mortgage and banking company Coutts and Co. for $470,132, which he finished paying off in 2008 ... after marrying Murphy.
His checkered past shows warrants for his arrest in Virginia for credit card theft and fraud, an unpaid $6,087 legal bill, and a $502,910 judgment against him by a British investment firm. He also allegedly faced deportation ... in early 2007.
Brittany Murphy with mysterious husband Simon Monjack.
We'll be honest, we had never heard of Simon Monjack until he married Murphy. But as soon as he did, THG's articles were flooded with comments decrying him as a thief, a con-man (nicknamed Con-Jack) and a pathological liar.
Our reader comments can't be corroborated, of course, but let's just say that few random guys trigger such wrath, especially with this breadth of detail.
It definitely makes you think.
Monjack and Murphy were engaged in late 2006, just months after she ended her engagement to Little Black Book production assistant Joe Macaluso.
Despite the uproar over their marriage, things were pretty quiet until late last month, when Murphy was fired from upcoming thriller flick The Caller.
While her rep deniedit, there was speculation the actress was fired for being difficult - and that Monjack was stirring up trouble behind the scenes.
Whatever the reason, Monjack and Murphy boarded a plane from Puerto Rico to L.A., where upon landing, Monjack was "incoherent" and hospitalized.
All of this may be totally unrelated to Murphy's death from cardiac arrest early yesterday, but the couple's history of strange behavior is noteworthy.
No foul play is suspected, at least not yet. We'll have more on Brittany's death - and Simon Monjack - when more information is available.