PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Small, private funeral held for Brittany Murphy

Small, private funeral held for Brittany Murphy

LOS ANGELES -- Brittany Murphy's family said words can't express the devastation they felt as they laid the 32-year-old actress to rest at a private Christmas Eve funeral.

The service began Thursday afternoon and stretched into the evening as a Christian minister and a rabbi presided and guests sang ''Amazing Grace'' at the grave site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.

''A bright light that lit the world is forever dimmed, but will live on in the hearts of those that Brittany touched,'' her family said in a statement. ''Brittany was an incredibly loving and passionate person and an artist to her core.''

The intimate gathering was ''very nice, very respectful,'' said longtime family friend Alex Ben Block. He said Murphy loved Christmas and that it was ironic that she was buried on Christmas Eve.

Her husband, Simon Monjack, talked about their relationship and called her his best friend and soul mate. The two married in 2007.

Gene Simmons sued over alleged attack

LOS ANGELES -- A couple who said they were assaulted by Gene Simmons sued the KISS bassist for unspecified damages Thursday, court records show.

Nathan Marlowe and his wife Cynthia Manzo said Simmons attacked them, threatened them and took their video camera at the upscale The Grove mall on Saturday after they started filming the rocker.

The couple's attorney, Matthew Nezhad, said a police report was filed. The couple sought a restraining order against Simmons on Wednesday, but that petition was denied.

Simmons has not been arrested and no charges have been filed.

According to the complaint and restraining order application, Marlowe asked Simmons for his view on monogamy, and Simmons responded by telling Marlowe to get his shot and leave. The filings state Simmons then lunged and attacked Marlowe, taking the video camera, then turned on Manzo when she tried to get the camera back.