Bruce Beresford-Redman is back in the United States.
The former Survivor producer had his passport confiscated and was barred from leaving Mexico after his wife, Monica, was found murdered in Cancun during the couple's vacation in April. But his lawyers say that Mexican officials have finally allowed him leave.
"Bruce Beresford-Redman has returned to Los Angeles County to be with his children [Camila, 5, and Alec, 4] and attend to family and personal matters," his attorneys, Richard Hirsch and Vicki Podberesky, said in a written statement Sunday.
"He has been informed that he has no legal obligation to remain in Mexico pending an investigation into the tragic death of his wife. Mr. Beresford-Redman has not been charged with any crime, and has retained legal representation in both Mexico and the United States."
The statement concluded by saying that Beresford-Redman "is devastated by the loss
of his wife, best friend and the mother of his children. He and his family are requesting that their privacy be respected during this time of great grief and sorrow."
The children have been in temporary custody of their paternal grandparents since the tragedy occurred.
And Monica's parents are none too happy that Beresford-Redman has been allowed to go home.
"It is our understanding that he was to remain in Mexico until the investigation into Monica's death was concluded," the family's attorney said in a statement Monday.
"As Mr. Beresford-Redman is certainly aware, the investigation remains ongoing with test results to be released early this week. It is further our understanding that his passport was not returned to him by Mexican authorities. Thus, we question how it was possible that he was permitted to enter into this country without a passport and it leads us to conclude that he could just as easily leave this country undetected. We plead with Mr. Beresford-Redman that if he intends to run again that he not involve the children."
Last week, a judge set a June trial date to determine whether the grandparents would retain primary custody or whether it would be transferred to one of Monica's sisters. No immediate word on how Beresford-Redman's return will impact the pending court case.
(Originally published May 23, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. PT)
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