A lawsuit has been filed against Hollywood producer Joel Silver for the drowning of his assistant, Carmel Musgrove, who was found dead while celebrating Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon in 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter is said to have obtained papers stating that Silver’s company, Silver Pictures, flew the 28-year-old out to the Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora along with others on a chartered Gulfstream to celebrate Jen and Justin’s big day.
The lawsuit claims that after dinner, Musgrove went to the bungalow of Silver’s personal chef, Martin Herold, and reportedly took cocaine and marijuana before going back to her room around 11 p.m.
She reportedly sent a message to Herold that said “Xxx” around midnight and asked hotel staff for matches. The staff member who supplied the matches was allegedly the last person to see her alive.
After more than a day of searching, her nude body was found floating in a lagoon just 500 yards away from her bungalow.
After Carmel’s death Silver’s publicist released a statement that said, “Joel Silver, his family and his staff are devastated by the passing of Carmel Musgrove. Carmel was a dear friend and respected colleague with a very bright future ahead of her. They will all miss her dearly.”
Carmel Musgrove's estate, and her parents, are suing Silver; his company, Silver Pictures; and its employee Martin Herold for wrongful death.
French authorities found her drowning to be the result of overconsumption of alcohol, consumption of cocaine, fatigue caused by overwork, heat stroke after the fishing trip and a midnight swim during unfavorable weather conditions. Musgrove's family claims the defendant's conduct contributed to four of the five factors.