Casey Kasem’s Wife Fires Back Against Abuse Allegations

Casey and Jean Kasem in 2007

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updated 10/15/2013 AT 5:15 PM ET

originally published 10/15/2013 AT 5:40 PM ET

The wife of longtime American Top 40 host Casey Kasem has broken her silence in response to accusations by her stepchildren that she’s cut him off from the outside world.

“I care for him day in and day out and do my best to provide for his care and well-being,” Jean Kasem, 59, said in court documents filed Tuesday. “For the most part, he is now bedridden.”

Jean alleged that because of unspecified “disturbing” conduct by her stepchildren, visits with their father in the family home would be an “intolerable and an unpleasant experience for us all, including specifically [for] Casey.”

The response was filed ahead of a Tuesday court hearing initiated by Casey’s three grown children from his first marriage, who are seeking to gain legal control over his healthcare.

They say their father has advanced Parkinson’s disease, has trouble speaking and cannot walk unaided. They allege Jean, with whom they’ve long been estranged, has blocked access to their dad for the past three months.

No Evidence of Abuse

In the hearing, it was confirmed that neither police, adult welfare services nor a court-appointed attorney for Casey have found any evidence of elder abuse.

“[Casey Kasem] appears to be receiving adequate day-to-day care,” said attorney Samuel Ingham, who paid a recent visit to his client in his sprawling multimillion-dollar L.A. estate, although Ingham stated he hasn’t yet confirmed Casey’s diagnosis.

When Casey, 81, was asked by Ingham whether he wanted to see his children, “he did not answer the question, but he was well enough to carry on a conversation,” Jean’s attorney Marshall B. Grossman told reporters following the hearing.

A judge postponed any decision until Nov. 19, pending further investigation into Casey’s health.


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