The Ugly Betty cast is now marred with the taint of a horrible tragedy when its own Michael Brea (IMDb not found/unavailable) allegedly killed his mother with a sword in New York City yesterday. Apparently fueled by religious ranting, he chased her around her home shouting and screaming before killing her. The large sword used was reportedly 3 feet long and police found multiple serious injuries on the woman, who was already dead at the scene when they arrived. Brea was arrested and charged on Tuesday early morning with his mother’s death.
The actor, who also appeared in Step Up 3D, was chanting Bible verses and wielding his Freemason sword, which ultimately resulted in her death, briefed Todd Gill with the Fayetteville Flyer (courtesy of the NY Post). He was quoted as saying, “When I looked at my mother, I saw the devil.”
He had a brief part on the now-canceled show Ugly Betty, detailed US Post Today. Brea was arrested and charged with his mother’s murder on Tuesday, still at the scene. US Post Today goes on to detail that police say Brea was in a shouting match with his mother (Yannick Brea) when he slashed her to death using a 3 foot long “samurai sword.”
Edecio Martinez at CBS News’ Crimesider says the actor was screaming Bible passages as he killed her. Martinez says Brea actually decapitated the woman in her Brooklyn apartment. Neighbors reported to the local CBS station that they heard the 31-year-old actor repeatedly shouting for her to “repent.”
The media still appear to be confused as to what sort of sword was used. The US Post Today calls it a samurai sword, which Brea was found holding in the bedroom when police arrived. CBS also describes the weapon as a samurai sword, while the Fayetteville Flyer via the NY Post was describing it as a Freemason sword, which would appear to make sense, since the actor was also reportedly chanting Masonic references during the event. One thing everyone seems to agree on– the sword Michael Brea used to slay his mother was 3 feet long.
At 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Yannick Brea was found dead by officers at the scene. She was found kneeling in the bathroom by police, who had been called to a “family dispute” that was reported. She had lacerations all about her head and was pronounced dead. Yannick was 55 years old. Aside from murder, Michael Brea is also being charged with criminal possession of a dangerous weapon. The Internet is on fire about this crime at the moment, with people curious about the news, but a family is changed forever this holiday week– surely a mournful period for all involved.
Todd Gill, Wednesday To-do: Nov. 24, Fayetteville Flyer
Michael Brea, Ugly Betty Actor Kills Mother With A Samurai Sword, US Post Today
Edecio Martinez, Michael Brea (PICTURE): “Ugly Betty” Actor Kills Mother with Sword while Screaming Bible Passages, Says Report, Crimesider- CBS News