Murray Speaks Out About 'Devastating' Divorce Accusations
BILL MURRAY has broken his silence about his ex-wife's accusations of domestic abuse and drug addiction, branding the allegations "devastating".
The Lost In Translation star was hit with divorce papers by Jennifer Butler Murray, his wife of 10 years, in May (08).
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 (08), 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?'"