PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A Kitsap County judge ruled Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri can visit her father once a day for an hour in a private meeting. She will also be able to take her father by ambulance to have him seen by another doctor.
The battle to care for the radio icon headed to court Friday morning as Kasem’s wife of 30 years, Jean Kasem, was served with a court order to appear in front of a Kitsap County judge.
The judge said both sides need to work out a schedule that should not be made public. One witness can be present at the meetings.
Kerri Kasem said she hired a private investigator to be with her during the visits with her father.
The orders are temporary until another hearing in one week. The judge said Casey Kasem must stay in Washington unless returning home to California.
Jean and Casey Kasem stayed with a family friend in Silverdale for more than a week. The couple was found after a frantic search for the 82-year-old who is said to have a net worth of more than $80 million.
Casey Kasem’s daughter from a previous relationship, Kerri, was awarded temporary conservatorship of her father recently. She is said to be worried about her father’s health.
Kasem suffers from severe dementia and his daughter Kerri said she wants to make sure he is getting the care he needs.
Friday night, the following statement was released on behalf of Kasem’s children Kerri, Michael and Julie Kasem:
“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.
“Jean is intentionally causing her husband pain by adding further stress which is the worst thing you can do for anybody suffering from Dementia.
“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.”