On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy, ordered an investigation to find out where radio personality, Casey Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. This happened after an attorney for Kasem’s wife said he had been removed from the country.
Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, and can no longer speak. He has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. Their children have complained that they have been unable to see their father in accordance with an agreement with their stepmother.
Casey Kasem gained fame with his radio music countdown shows “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40,” and was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon Scooby Doo.
In court the attorney, Craig Marcus, said “I have no idea where he is.” Marcus stated that Jean Kasem had every right to move her husband as she saw fit. The Judge replied, “Your statements concern me even more.”
Their daughter, Kerri Kasem, will have access to her father’s medical records and other reports that have previously been sealed by court order. This is the second case opened by one of the children to try to gain access to their father and have some say about his care. Previously, a case by daughter Julie Kasem was dismissed after she reached a settlement with her stepmother, but the daughter said Monday that agreement has been breached.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kerri’s attorneys wrote that the entertainer has been repeatedly moved without warning and his children have been unable to see him. The complaint accused Jean Kasem of elder abuse by isolating her husband from his family. Kerri said “We’ve been troubled for a long time.” She said Murphy’s orders will ensure that the truth about her father’s care comes out.