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Feb012011

Grim Details Revealed in Death of Monica Beresford-Redman

File: The body of Monica Beresford-Redman, wife of TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, turned up in a sewer at this Cancun, Mexico hotel on April 9, 2010. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Documents gathered in the investigation into the death of the wife of former TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman reveal that Monica Beresford-Redman may have been punched in the face before she was asphyxiated while the family was on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.

The documents also reveal that authorities believe the couple had marital problems that lasted years, and included mental abuse, as well as Bruce Beresford-Redman's addiction to phone sex with bills totaling $5,000. U.S. prosecutors filed the papers in an effort to send the former Survivor producer to Mexico to face charges of aggravated murder in the death of his wife.

The extradition request was filed by the U.S. Justice Department in support of a formal request by Mexican officials.

The documents are riddled with evidence of the couple's marital strife and name the producer's $57,000-a-year assistant, Joy Pierce, as his mistress. While it's unclear if and when the affair ended, the affidavit reveals that Monica Beresford-Redmond discovered the illicit relationship after finding several e-mails and text messages, and after overhearing a conversation between her husband and Pierce. It was then that Monica cleaned out the couple's bank account and gave Bruce an ultimatum -- give her a divorce and divide their assets in half, or she would keep everything she withdrew from the accounts.

According to prosecutors, the family's nanny said she overheard the couple fighting the night before they left for the Mexico vacation, and that she overheard the husband say they needed to buy a life insurance policy for his wife and himself.

According to the documents filed in court, during the marriage the couple purchased life insurance policies for both of them: $5 million for Monica if Bruce dies and $500,000 for each child if Monica dies. Bruce was not the beneficiary of any policy.

Beresford-Redman has maintained his innocence. He has been in federal custody since November on a Mexican arrest warrant. His attorney said his client plans to fight extradition to Mexico.

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