Casey Kasem's Children Claim Stepmom Won't Let Them See Their Dad, Who Is Suffering From Parkinson's Disease
October 2, 2013 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The family of radio star CASEY KASEM were in the news spotlight, as a family fight spilled from behind closed doors YESTERDAY (10/1) into a confrontation in front of KASEM's LOS ANGELES home.
THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports, "KASEM, 81, is suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease, and his three eldest children staged a protest outside his gated estate, claiming their stepmom, JEAN KASEM, won't allow them to visit."
CASEY's daughter KERRI KASEM told the paper, "My dad is very sick, and we have been completely shut off from him for the last three months. There is no money issue here, we just want to see our dad. We love him, and everyone knows his kids and grandkids are a source of joy for him."
The reports notes KERRI, along with her brother and sister, all from CASEY's first marriage, feel the isolation is bad for their father. She told the paper the children "have personal trust funds and good jobs and aren't seeking any changes to their dad's longstanding will -- which doesn't name them as beneficiaries."
"Look, people fight and they don't like each other, and that's fine. But it's cruel to keep us from seeing our dad," she told THE NEWS. "We don't want any money from JEAN. We don't care about that. We were raised well, and we support ourselves."