PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge on Friday granted a daughter of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem regular visits after she raised concerns about his well-being.
The ruling by Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes added another twist to the ongoing dispute between Kasem's wife, Jean, and her stepdaughter, Kerri Kasem, who has said in legal filings that her father suffers from a form of dementia.
Kerri Kasem said in court that her father is suffering from bedsores along with lung and bladder infections.
Casey Kasem, who was not in court, gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40." Now 82, he and his wife have been staying with family friends west of Seattle.
Jean Kasem has been in control of his medical care and has controlled access to him, blocking three of his children from seeing him in recent months, according to court filings.
In an impromptu news conference Friday afternoon on the lawn of the home where the couple has been staying, Jean Kasem scolded the children.
"Shame on these children! Shame! Who have done this to their father and who have shredded my family," she said.
Last week, she was served with a California court order that temporarily suspended her powers to determine his medical treatment and expanded Kerri Kasem's authority to determine whether her father is receiving adequate care. By then, the couple had traveled from California to Washington state.
While allowing Kerri Kasem to visit her father, the judge also set a June 6 court date to further consider whether to enforce the California court order. Forbes also allowed Kerri Kasem to have a doctor of her choosing examine her father.
Kerri Kasem arrived at the home Friday evening and spent an hour inside, KING-TV reported. She made no comment as she left.