ASHTON Kutcher has been rocked by recent claims that his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Murphy, may have been killed by rat poison.
Sources say the stunning allegation has also triggered painful memories of another former girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin, who police suspect was slaughtered by a serial killer called the “Hollywood Ripper.”
“Ashton is devastated by the idea that Brittany may have been murdered,” an insider told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
Ashley, 22, was savagely stabbed 47 times in her Hollywood Hills bungalow shortly before Kutcher arrived to pick her up for a party in February 2001.
Ashton told police that Ashley never came to the door. He said he looked through a window and saw what he thought was red wine pooled on the floor, but apparently didn’t think much of it and left. Tragically, the “wine” was actually Ashley’s blood.
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Brittany died of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drug intoxication.
But according to a lab report commissioned by her father, potentially lethal levels of heavy metals found in rat poison were discovered in a sample of Brittany’s hair.
“I absolutely think she was poisoned,” said her father Angelo Bertolotti, who reportedly believes Brittany was killed by rogue government agents due to her support of a high-profile whistle-blower.
Kutcher, now dating actress Mila Kunis, is devastated by the latest twist, said a source.
“Ashton’s in total shock over this,” revealed the insider.
“He saw Brittany two months before she passed away. She’d come in to read for a TV show he was casting, and he couldn’t get his head around it when she died.
“Ashton loved Brittany and thought she was an incredible talent.
“He’s reached out to her family and offered to help in any way he can to find the truth.”
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