The long-running legal feud between Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, 82, and his three children from his first marriage has taken several dramatic new twists.
Following months of wrangling over visitation and Kasem’s medical care, the case flared again at a bizarre hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court on May 12. Responding to allegations that Kasem, who is suffering from dementia, had been abruptly removed from a Santa Monica, Calif., care facility and may have been spirited out of the United States, Jean Kasem’s lawyer Craig Marcus told the judge he had “no idea” where Casey Kasem was.
After ordering that Kasem be located, the judge named the former DJ’s daughter Kerri as his temporary health conservator. Kerri and her sister, Julie, declared that their father had been “kidnapped,” launched a media blitz with appearances on Fox News and CNN, hired celebrity crisis communications expert Danny Deraney and filed a missing-persons report with the Santa Monica Police Department. Hundreds of news reports spread the word that Kasem was missing.
The Kasem children also revealed that they only recently learned that their father has been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a condition closely associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Meanwhile, on May 13, Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies in Port Orchard, Wash., acting on a request from Adult Protective Services in Los Angeles, located Jean and Casey Kasem at a private home in the area, west of Seattle. Jean Kasem told officers they were “on vacation” and showed them his medications. The cops concluded that Casey Kasem was not in danger.
The disputed case will return to court in Los Angeles at a hearing scheduled for June 20, when a source close to the Kasem children promises there will be “shocking” revelations about Jean Kasem’s treatment of their father.
When called for comment, Marcus hung up on a Billboard reporter.