On Friday’s airing of TODAY, Dennis Davern has called for an investigation into the death of actress Natalie Wood, alleging that husband Robert Wagner is to blame for her death.
“I made some terrible decisions and mistakes,” the boat captain told NBC News. “I did lie on a report several years ago. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report.”
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, they will be taking another look at the case in light of recent revelations.
In 1981, Natalie Wood drowned overnight while on the couple’s yacht, Splendour, near the California coast, and according to Davern, “We didn’t take any steps to see if we could locate her.”
The death was ruled accidental after the couple, along with “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken, were reportedly drinking on the yacht.
Wagner has responded to the allegations through his publicist, stating that authorities “will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death.”
A press conference will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. PST.
Wagner addressed the issue in his 2009 autobiography. He claims that Wood and Walken were arguing, and the last time he saw her she was fixing her hair in the bathroom. Wagner writes, “Nobody knows. There are only two possibilities; either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened.”
But Davern refutes this discription of events. When asked if he felt Wagner was at fault, the captain replied, “yes, I would say so. Yes.”