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TV producer barred from leaving Mexico as authorities investigate his wife's slaying

April 10, 2010 |  8:52 am

Beresford-Redman A veteran reality TV show producer cannot leave Mexico as authorities continue to investigate the slaying of his wife at a Cancun resort.

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

He has denied any role in the slaying.

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

His father, 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 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.

Late Friday, authorities in Mexico reiterated that the producer needed to stay in the country but offered few clues into their investigation.

"He can't leave the country," prosecutors said in a statement to the Mexican media. "We still can't say that he is responsible, but that's the starting point of the investigation because we have witnesses who say he was the last to see her alive."

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: Family photo