Washington court rules Kurt Cobain’s death photos will remain sealed

Written by Bianca Davino on 17th May, 2018
Washington court rules Kurt Cobain’s death photos will remain sealed

The photos taken at the sight of Kurt Cobain’s suicide will remain sealed after following a new court ruling in Seattle. In November last year, it was reported that a conspiracy theorist trying to disprove the idea that Kurt Cobain committed suicide by petitioning to have police release photos taken at Cobain’s death scene.

The conspiracy theorist, named Richard Lee, who has researched Cobain’s death for 23 years believes the photos would prove Cobain was murdered by government officials and sued the City Of Seattle in 2014 in attempt to have the images released.

Although some of the images have been released, photos depicting “Kurt Cobain’s body as it lay in the family residence after he was shot in the head” have been held by the Seattle police department since his passing. Lee lost the suit in 2015, as Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle said the images would be “highly offensive to a reasonable person,” but filed for an appeal in 2016, which led to Courtney Love and Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain filing their own case to keep the images private.

As reported by The Blast, Washington court has handed down judgement in favour of Love and Cobain, ensuring the images taken on four rolls of film at the scene of Cobain’s death would never be seen by the public.

Francis Bean said, in a declaration to Lee’s original suit said that “releasing these photographs would physically endanger me and my mother.”

“I once saw mock photos depicting my father’s body. That experience irreparably scarred me. I cannot imagine how terrible it would be knowing that the photographs that Mr. Lee seeks were public, and that I or any of my loved ones, included my father’s mother and sisters, might inadvertently see them. Release and publication of the photographs would shock me and exacerbate the posttraumatic stress that I have suffered since childhood.”

Love has also previously said that Lee has “stalked and harassed” her and her family for many years.


The article was originally published on Tone Deaf

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