A judge has blocked the release of “graphic” recordings related to the investigation into the death of American comedian Bob Saget.
Saget’s family has filed a lawsuit to stop sharing evidence gathered from the comedian’s death site the day before.
They said he portrayed it “graphically” and should only be released to the family – not the public or the media.
Saget, best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the American sitcom Full House, was found dead on Jan. 9 at a hotel room in Florida at age 65.
District Judge Vincent Chiu issued an interim injunction, agreeing that his family would suffer “severe mental pain, grief and emotional stress” if the request was not granted.
He said the temporary injunction is in the public interest as he decides whether concerns about family privacy outweigh any claims to the recordings.
It was thought that some media outlets were on the verge of submitting “requests for public records” for access to the material.
The Florida medical examiner ruled that the cause of Sagett’s death was accidental blow to the headprobably from an “obvious fall” and said there was no evidence of illegal drugs.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, and their daughters against the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Forensic Medical Office, and detailed police investigations into Sagget’s death.
The family’s legal documents say records were made during the investigation into his death, which “include photographs, videos, audio recordings, legally protected autopsy information and any other legally protected information.”
They added: “Some of these recordings graphically depict Mr Saget, his likeness or features, or parts of him, and were made by defendants.”
Interference with family integrity
The lawsuit says the action is necessary to protect “the legitimate interests of family privacy.”
According to a Florida law passed after the death of NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt two decades ago, autopsy records must be kept secret, with only surviving family members or a government agency as part of its official duties entitled to review them.
However, “if there is good reason”, the court may allow the records to be inspected or copied under the supervision of the custodian of the records.
To allow the records to be reviewed, the judge must consider whether it is necessary to assess the work of the government and the seriousness of the interference with the family’s privacy, among other criteria.
“No legitimate public interest will be served by the release or distribution of the recordings to the public,” the Sagett family’s case said.
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