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Bill Murray has spoken of his despair over allegations of domestic violence and drug addiction made by his ex-wife. The Lost In Translation star said he reached such a low ebb during the split that he contemplated suicide. He described accusations about his behaviour by wife of ten years Jennifer Butler Murray as "devastating". Jennifer filed for divorce in May, with leaked legal (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
Bill Murray has broken his silence about his ex-wife's accusations of domestic abuse and drug addiction, branding the allegations "devastating".
In leaked legal documents, his estranged spouse claimed the actor's "adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behaviour, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment" had forced her and their four children out of the family home in 2006.
The court papers further alleged that on one occasion, Murray "hit his wife in the face and then told her she was 'lucky he didn't kill her'".
But the Hollywood veteran was mortified by the charges, and admits the divorce proceedings, which were finalised in June, concluded one of the lowest points in his life.
He says, "That was devastating. That was the worst thing that ever happened to me in my entire life.
"I was just dead, just broken. When you're really in love with someone and this happens - I never had anything like this happen. It's like your faith in people is destroyed because the person you trusted the most you can no longer trust at all. ...The person you know isn't there anymore."
And Murray reveals he had almost gave up on life altogether when his pals asked him to do a skydive to open Illinois' 50th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show 2008 in August.
He adds, "They asked me on a day (when) I didn't care. I didn't even care if there was a parachute. Of course, by the time I got there I had had a few good days and I thought, 'What am I doing?'" »
A month after after his wife sued him for divorce in a shocking filing alleging abuse and infidelity, Bill Murray and Jennifer Butler Murray have worked out an agreement to end their marriage. According to court documents dated June 13 and obtained by TMZ.com, Butler Murray, 42, has been granted primary custody of their four children and will keep the couple's homes in Hemet, Calif. and Sullivan's Island, S.C. Bill Murray, 57, must pay child support and will keep other property in California, New York and Massachusetts. Bill Murray must also pay Jennifer a lump sum. The Murrays signed a prenuptial »
- Lesley Messer
Police were called to Bill Murray's home in March after his estranged wife got drunk and became "physical" with their children, according to police reports.
Jennifer Butler Murray filed for divorce last month, accusing her husband of almost 11 years of domestic abuse, drug addiction and infidelity.
But police near their home in Charlston, South Carolina were called out twice in one day in March, while Murray was in California.
According to police documents obtained by the New York Post, cops first visited the family home after neighbours had heard Butler Murray drunkenly shouting at her children.
The attending officer writes, "I spoke with her and advised her of the complaint. The w/f (white female) seemed to be very impaired and didn't want me on her property any more, she slammed the door and I left the residence."
Later the same day another neighbour called the police, after two of Butler Murray's kids had run to her house asking for help, because their mother was drunk.
The police report continues, "I then had the complainant meet me at the police station to talk with the juveniles. They informed me that their mother had been drinking heavily and had (become) physical with them."
Butler Murray's lawyer has refused to comment to the Post about the reports.
Murray and Butler Murray have four sons: Caleb, Jackson, Cooper, and Lincoln, all aged between 14 and six. »
Actor Bill Murray has been hit with divorce papers from his wife of almost 11 years, who has reportedly blamed domestic abuse, drug addiction and infidelity for the breakdown of their marriage.
Jennifer Butler Murray filed papers for a legal separation in a Charleston, South Carolina family court on 12 May.
According to legal documents obtained by local newspaper the Charleston Post + Courier, Jennifer and the couple's four children moved out of the family home in 2006 as a result of the comedian's "adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behaviour, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment".
The court papers go on to claim that Murray "hit his wife in the face and then told her she was 'lucky he didn't kill her'".
Local reports state Jennifer has requested a restraining order against the Groundhog Day star to keep him away from her current home.
She has also ordered her lawyers to look into the couple's $7 million (GBP3.5 million) pre-nuptial agreement to determine whether it is still valid.
The pair married in July 1997 and have four sons together, ranging from seven to 15 years of age. »
Oscar-nominated Bill Murray should take solace from the title of his 1984 movie Nothing Lasts Forever: His wife is suing him for divorce in South Carolina after over 10 years of marriage. Jennifer Butler Murray, 42, is seeking to dissolve her union with Murray, 57, on the grounds of drug addiction, physical abuse, adultery and abandonment, according to a May 12 family-court filing in Charleston County. Jennifer Murray is also requested a restraining order against her husband.An attorney for Murray says the actor is deeply saddened by the breakup and is committed to the best interests of the couple's four children, according to the Associated Press. »
- Michael Y. Park
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