"Survivor" ex-producer says innocent in wife's death

Tue Jun 1, 2010 12:19am EDT
 
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CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - A former producer of the hit U.S. television series "Survivor" who is wanted in Mexico on a charge of murdering his wife spoke out publicly on Monday to proclaim his innocence.

A Mexican judge has issued an arrest warrant for Bruce Beresford-Redman whose Brazilian wife Monica was found dead in a drainage pipe at a luxury hotel in the beach resort of Cancun in April where they were on vacation with their two young children.

Her body was found at the Moon Palace hotel a day after witnesses saw the couple arguing on the grounds of the hotel, according to police. An autopsy showed she had choked to death after a blow to the head.

Francisco Alor, attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, confirmed on Monday that the investigation is over and an arrest warrant issued for Beresford-Redman who was named the prime suspect in the April 5 murder.

But Beresford-Redman, who left Mexico after his wife's murder and is now in the United States, released a statement through his attorney denying he was involved.

"Monica was the axis around which our whole family revolved. From her sisters and parents to my parents and of course to our children and me, she was everything to us," he said in the statement.

"I am devastated at her loss; and I am incensed at the suggestion that I could have had anything to do with her death. I am innocent. My children have had one parent taken from them by a senseless act of violence. I implore the Mexican authorities not to take their remaining parent by a miscarriage of justice and to do what is right not just what is expedient."

Mexican authorities seized Beresford-Redman's passport and ordered him to remain in Mexico after naming him the prime suspect in the case but he returned to the United States.

Alor declined to comment when asked if his office would seek Beresford-Redman's extradition to Mexico.

Beresford-Redman's attorney Robert Hirsch said his client was innocent and was "prepared to defend himself in a court of law."

(Reporting by Jose Cortazar; Writing by Robert Campbell; Editing by Peter Cooney)