TV producer wanted for Mexico death held in LA

Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:37pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. officials arrested Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former producer of hit TV show "Survivor," at his home on Tuesday and are holding him for extradition to Mexico where he has been accused of murdering his wife.

The former producer of the reality show was arrested without incident by federal marshals and FBI agents. He was expected to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Beresford-Redman was arrested in Mexico in April on suspicion of strangling his wife Monica in the Caribbean resort of Cancun while on vacation with her and their two children.

Her body was found in mangroves near a luxury hotel where they were staying. Mexican authorities said an autopsy showed she had been choked to death after a blow to the head, and hotel employees and guests claimed to have seen and heard the two arguing.

Beresford-Redman was initially arrested in Mexico and later fled to his home in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Rancho Palos Verdes, where he has remained since.

In late May, he released a statement denying any guilt and saying his wife "was the axis around which our whole family revolved."

"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," Beresford-Redman said in his statement.

By June, Mexican authorities had issued a request for his return to that country. The Mexican complaints claims Beresford-Redman and his wife had been having marital problems and that she had discovered he had been having an affair.

(Reporting and writing by Bob Tourtellotte, editing by Philip Barbara)

<p>Mexican police escort Bruce Beresford-Redman (C), a former producer of the "Survivor" television series, inside Quintana Roo's attorney general's office in Cancun April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>