Brittany Murphy's father calls TV movie biopic 'hideous'

Brittany Murphy

Angelo Bertolotti says Lifetime's The Brittany Murphy Story, about the late actor, is 'unauthorised and completely untrue'

Brittany Murphy's father has attacked a US TV movie biopic that aims to tell the story of his late daughter's life, calling it "trashy" and "hideous".

Angelo Bertolotti, whose allegations about his daughter's 2009 death are referenced in Lifetime's The Brittany Murphy Story, said the actor cast as Murphy bears little resemblance to the star of 8 Mile and Clueless, and he lamented the film's "bad wigs" and "nauseating" dialogue.

"I am disgusted and outraged that Lifetime decided to produce such a trashy project, defiling the memory of my beautiful, talented daughter, Brittany Murphy," Bertolotti told the Examiner. "Frankly, I am amazed at their audacity of calling it 'a true story' without conducting any research or consulting with any members of the family. The Brittany Murphy Story is an affront to everything my daughter was in real life. It's hideous, unauthorised and completely untrue."

The Brittany Murphy Story, which screens in the US on 6 September, is the latest offering from a channel known for controversial unauthorised biopics of Aaliyah and Whitney Houston. Its latest venture reportedly examines 2013 claims by Bertolotti that his estranged daughter's death was the result of poisoning.

Murphy was found dead at her home in the Hollywood Hills in 2009 at the age of 32. The LA coroner's office concluded that pneumonia was the cause of death, with "anemia and prescription drugs [playing] a role". However, in November 2013, Bertolotti presented the press with "evidence" suggesting she had been murdered. Experts later questioned the legitimacy of the independent toxicology report used to mount the claims and Murphy's mother made a public statement denouncing them as a "smear".

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