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TV producer's family says he'd never harm wife, who was slain in Cancun

April 9, 2010 | 12:18 pm

Beresford-Redman The father of a reality TV show producer questioned by police in the slaying of his wife in Cancun "loved [her] and would never harm her."

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, was released by state police in Mexico after a day of questioning concerning the strangulation death of his wife Monica, who is the owner of a popular Westside nightclub.

The couple had gone to Mexico for a romantic getaway that family members said was designed to revive a strained marriage.

David Beresford-Redman said in a statement that his son "loved [his wife] and would never have harmed her. He has our full support as we try to do what’s best for him and our grandchildren so they can be reunited soon."

The statement continued: "We urge Mexican law enforcement authorities to identify those responsible for this horrendous crime."

On Monday, Bruce Beresford-Redman, who produced CBS' "Survivor" and MTV's "Pimp My Ride," reported that his wife was missing while on vacation in Cancun. Her body was found Thursday in a drainage pipe near their hotel. She had scratches on her face and there were signs that she had been strangled, the newspaper reported.

Guests at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun reported hearing a loud fight coming from the room the couple shared last weekend with their children.

Monica Beresford-Redman, a native of Brazil, owned the Zabumba Restaurant on Venice Boulevard near Overland Avenue.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: Family photo