Family issues a statement lambasting the estranged wife of the broadcaster after a Washington state judge ordered that Kerri Kasem be allowed to see her father
A Washington state judge ordered that Kerri Kasem be allowed to see her father for one hour every day, beginning Friday evening.
The 82-year-old radio personality suffers from Lewy body disease, a form of dementia, and his children have been involved in a legal struggle with his wife, Jean, over visitation and care for their ailing father.
Kitsap County Judge Jennifer Forbes made the ruling on Friday, with the first visit to take place that evening, according to a family representative.
The family lambasted Jean in an exclusive statement to TheWrap.
“In court today, Jean Kasem claimed to be concerned about the privacy of her family. Hours later, Jean publicly disseminated an audio tape that purports to be Casey Kasem in anguish. This invasion of family privacy is disgusting and reprehensible,” the family said in the statement.
“Jean is intentionally causing her husband pain by adding further stress which is the worst thing you can do for anybody suffering from Dementia,” the statement continues. “Within the last year, Kerri, Mike and Julie have been blocked from seeing their father. The few short visits they received, the kids never once mentioned the dispute. They knew any additional stress would be harmful to his condition. Kerri, Mike and Julie are again devastated by Jean’s poor judgment.”
Tony Maglio contributed to this report