Casey Kasem’s three adult children from his first marriage hope to be able to visit the ailing radio host in time for the holidays, after an attorney for their stepmom expressed a desire to try to settle their differences.
The three kids – Kerri, 41, Julie, 38, and Mike, 40 – have been fighting their stepmom Jean, 59, alleging she’s cut off all access to their father, 81, since this past summer. The longtime American Top 40 host has advanced Parkinson’s disease.
In a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, a judge urged both sides to reach a visitation schedule to quell the long-simmering feud.
“I’m going to push you to work on this,” said Superior Court Judge Lesley C. Green, who denied Julie Kasem’s request for temporary legal control of her father’s healthcare, saying there was no evidence he was being mistreated.
“He’s receiving either good to excellent care,” Judge Green stated. “I find no good cause for a temporary conservatorship.”
It was also revealed that a court-appointed physician confirmed that Kasem voiced his desire to see his children.
Jean’s attorney Marshall Grossman assured the judge: “We’re not looking to provide a piecemeal solution, we’re looking to bring peace to this matter,” adding that two proposals were made for a visitation schedule that were so far rejected by Kasem’s children.
Grossman said the proposal included individual visits with Kasem every third Sunday for one hour, including major holidays and Kasem’s birthday – but with a security guard present “to ensure there is decorum.” Grossman added that, as a condition of visitation rights, the kids must drop their request for a permanent conservatorship.
Although a settlement ultimately wasn’t reached Tuesday, with negotiations to continue next week, Grossman said he was “optimistic” that a truce could be reached. “We’re trying to bring this back to a relative norm.”
Said Julie Kasem’s attorney, Andrew Katzenstein, “We’re happy to know Casey Kasem is well cared for, and we’re thrilled the judge addressed the issue of visitation. Mr. Kasem very much wants to see his children. We’re now going to see if we can make that happen.”
Adds Kerri Kasem: “The question of permanent conservatorship is still on the table, but we’re hopeful that reasonable visiting arrangements will be made soon.”