Correspondence With Roger Neal
Mr Neal handles (or purports to handle) public relations for Sharon Murphy and The Brittany Murphy Foundation. He calls his twitter account imakestars - a perusal of his client list would suggest this to be a bold claim. It is unclear how much of his time he devotes to his clients’ interests - the most high-profile part of his business seems to be organising gift suites for award ceremonies and there is no mention on his PR website (which incidentally shares a Yahoo email address and phone number with this site) or twitter profile of his parallel career as a gospel singer. Certainly he does not seem to be in regular contact with Sharon as he was unable to give me an immediate answer as to the progress of her book, despite the fact that it is, I would imagine, the only reason why she would need a publicist. Some might speculate whether Sharon is indeed his client, and if she is whether the foundation consists merely of the two of them. His hubris seems reminiscent of the delusions of grandeur exhibited by his former client the late Simon Monjack, who initially set up The Brittany Murphy Foundation amid some controversy.
I invite you to read the twitter exchanges here and the following record of my email exchanges with him. My words are bold, his plain.
I emailed the foundation a few days ago but didn’t get any reply. I asked who is actually heading it and determining where exactly the money would go. I’d also like to know if you have a date for the publication of Sharon’s book.
Who are you and whats your interest?
Questions are invited from potential donors on the foundation website - just exercising due diligence. As regards the book, again I’m just curious as a consumer.
Any information would be released to the media at the appropriate time
FOLLOWING THIS TWEET …
We can conduct public discussion with or without your participation, however I would have thought that as Sharon’s publicist you would have wished to take part.
You must realise that we have documents recording Angelo Bertolotti as Brittany’s father, photographs of him showing the physical resemblance and of the two of them together when Brittany was an infant. At no time as far as I am aware has Sharon mentioned anyone else as being Brittany’s father, it was merely the case that Mr Bertolotti’s name was left off the death certificate. This has now been corrected. I urge you not to put your credibility at risk with further responses like your recent tweets.
I have to assume from your evasive attitude that the book project has been abandoned, but if it hasn’t and you are continuing to represent Sharon, I invite your response to the questions and observations at http://justiceforbrittany.tumblr.com
Not sure who you are I would believe the women who had her over anyone else and the women who lived with her her entire life legs (sic) not be silly not sure why you cannot accept the truth
Having been in pr for 30 years in Hollywood I am one of the few publicists that actually take time to deal with the media so not sure what your comments mean I have given you all that I can right now who are you and what’s your media affiliation? With your combatitive attitude I have to believe your either not legit or your friends with the guys saying they are brittanys brother and dad which according to Sharon are bogus that’s all I know
I’m a friend of a friend of Angelo Bertolotti, but I only became such as a result of studying the life and death of Brittany Murphy. All my opinions I can assure you are based on meticulous research.
Do you want me to send you the documents?
No. Need to. I already know the truth
OK, do you have any objection to my sharing this conversation with the media?
Please do not bother me anymore all. Exchanges are going to her attorney
For those of you who would like to see the documents, please follow these links…
[EDIT 28 Sep 2011- The above liks are now invalid, but the story was eventually reported by TMZ]
Photographs of Brittany with her father can be found here