Tenn. Man Allegedly Murdered Wife on Honeymoon at Luxury Fiji Resort Where 'The Blue Lagoon' Was Filmed

Bradley Robert Dawson is set to appear in court on July 27 in Lautoka, Fiji

A Memphis, Tenn., man has been charged with murder in Fiji after allegedly murdering his wife at a resort in the Yasawa Islands.

Authorities allege Bradley Robert Dawson murdered Christe Chen on July 9 while the couple was on their honeymoon, according to a Fiji Sun article published last Thursday and FOX 13 Memphis.

Dawson, 38, and Chen, 36, had traveled to Fiji for their honeymoon, and Dawson's attorney confirmed to FOX 13 Memphis on Monday that Chen's body was found inside a hotel room, though he said he could not confirm the manner in which Chen died. Dawson maintains his innocence, his attorney says.

Last Wednesday, Dawson appeared before a Magistrates Court in Lautoka, Fiji's second-largest city, where the magistrate confirmed that Dawson had allegedly committed "an indictable offense," the Fiji Sun reports. The case has been transferred to Fiji's High Court in Lautoka, where Dawson is set to appear in court again on July 27, according to the Sun.

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The murder allegedly happened at Fiji's Turtle Island Resort, a luxury island resort in the Yasawa Islands that advertises "pure indulgence, relaxation and romance at one of the most sought-after destinations in the world," on its website.

Turtle Island Resort wrote in a statement to PEOPLE: "We can confirm that an incident took place between a couple at the Island on July 9th, which has resulted in a tragic outcome and charges being laid. We cooperated fully with the police who conducted a thorough investigation and have now left the Island.

"Out of respect for those impacted and given it is an open legal matter, we cannot provide any further comment at this time. We are deeply saddened by the event and send our sincerest condolences to Ms. Chen's family and friends."

The resort, which served as the location for the 1980 Brooke Shields film The Blue Lagoon, takes only 14 couples as guests at a time and offers visitors access to private beaches and amenities like horseback riding.

Celebrity couples of the past who have honeymooned at Turtle Island include Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, as well as Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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