It was, as The Chicago Sun Times said, “A funny man and an ugly divorce.” And now it’s also been a fast divorce, after 10 years of marriage and four sons. Barely a month after Jennifer Butler Murray filed for divorce in South Carolina, with scathing accusations about Bill Murray's involvement in drugs, violence, and adultery, her divorce is final. She moved out of Murray’s home with their children in 2006, she said, and into a home in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, because of Murray’s “adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions, and frequent abandonment."
Jennifer Murray said her husband traveled frequently outside the US without her, ''where he engages in public and private altercations and sexual liaisons.'' And she claimed that in November at the Sullivan Island home, Murray ''hit her in the face and then told her she was 'lucky he didn't kill her.' ''
The complaint noted that this was not the first time Murray had abused her. Her attorney, based in Charleston, was Robert Rosen.
Murray is famous in film circles for not having a publicist, a manager or an entourage. But he certainly needed a lawyer, and he hired one, John McDougall of Columbia, SC. According to the Charleston newspapers, McDougall responded to the divorce filling by saying that Murray “was deeply saddened by the breakup of his marriage. He and his wife made loving parents, and they are committed to the best interests of their children.''
Jennifer Butler Murray and William (Bill) Murray signed a 23-page prenuptial agreement in 1997 in which they waived all rights to alimony or support in the event of a breakup. But Murray did agree to pay his wife $7 million within 60 days of a final divorce decree.
It can be assumed from the ugliness of her allegations, and the speed of the divorce, that he may have upped the payday considerably to get the whole thing over quickly, and quietly. The court documents, according to the web site TMZ, include an order for Murray to pay child support… presumably in addition to the cash payout.
Bill and Jennifer Murray reached an agreement on June 6, and the divorce became final on June 13. The agreement was sealed, according to court documents, because “the private interests of each of the parties, and their children, are best served by the sealing of the record in this matter. The file contains materials which may expose private financial matters and other private matters which could adversely affect the parties and their children; the issues that have been raised in Plaintiff’s Complaint relate to sensitive custody issues, and the protection of the children and the parties outweighs the public access to this file.”
Best guess, Murray, who turns 58 in September, may join Charlie Sheen in dealing with some anger management issues. Ironically, Murray's next big role is in a film called “The Limits of Control,” due out next year.
According to TMZ Jennifer Butler Murray will keep the family home in South Carolina (for which she paid more than $3.5 million) and a second family home, and will have custody of their four sons: Jackson, Cal, Cooper, and Lincoln, all 15 and under. One of nine children, Murray is also the father of two sons in their 20s (Homer and Luke) with his first wife, Mickey Kelley. His marriage to Kelley lasted from 1981 to 1994.