Brittany Murphy warned by director about 'con man' Simon Monjack

Director George Hickenlooper -- who says he's a friend of Brittany Murphy --   alleges to the New York Daily News that he warned the actress years ago not to get involved with "con man" Simon Monjack. 

Although Monjack was given an e xecutive producer and "story by" credit on Hickenlooper's 2006 movie "Factory Girl," the director says it's just not true.

Just hours after Murphy died, Hickenlooper posted the following on Hollywood Elsewhere. 

"Simon Monjack did not produce 'Factory Girl.' He sued his way onto the project for a title and stole 150K out of my budget. He is a con man and a bad guy. When Brittany married him I warned her and warned her as did so many others. I only hope to God that this creep wasn't instrumental in her sad sad demise. What a wonderful wonderful girl she was. I really really cared for her."