Bob Saget’s Family Files Lawsuit to Prevent Release of Some Investigative Files Due to Privacy Concerns
On Tuesday, Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and her three daughters filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff and the Medical Examiner’s Office, asking that certain investigative records related to the death be exempted from being released. publicly revealed due to their graphic nature in how they portray the late actor.
“During these investigations, defendants created records including photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, legally protected autopsy information, and all other legally protected information,” the lawsuit states. “Based on information and beliefs, some of these documents graphically depict Mr. Saget, his likeness or characteristics, or parts of him, and were made by the defendants during the course of the defendants’ investigations.”
The family argues in the lawsuit that disclosure of this information — whether through a public records request or otherwise — would cause them “irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish and emotional distress”.
Brian Bieber, a lawyer for the Saget family, told CNN the injunction was filed to “prevent the disclosure of any photographs or videos of Mr. Saget taken by authorities during their investigation.”
“The facts of the investigation must be made public, but these elements must remain private out of respect for the dignity of Mr. Saget and his family. It’s very simple – from a human and legal point of view, the rights privacy of the Saget family outweighs any public interest in disclosing this sensitive information.”
CNN reached out to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office for comment on the lawsuit, but did not hear back.
“It is highly likely that the deceased suffered an unwitnessed backward fall and struck the posterior part of his head. Manner of death is an accident,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua D. Stephany said. in his report.
According to the report, Saget also had an enlarged heart; 95% blocked on one side. And although there was no alcohol present in his body, his systems contained clonazepam/klonopin – which is taken for seizures, panic disorders and anxiety, according to the report. Additionally, the antidepressant Trazodone was found in Saget’s system, according to the report.