Bob Saget’s family and widow Kelly Rizzo and her three daughters filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County, Florida sheriff and medical examiner’s office seeking to keep sealed certain records related to the investigation into the comedian’s recent death, Deadline reports.
“In the process of these investigations, Defendants created records which include photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, statutorily protected autopsy information, and all other statutorily protected information,” reads the lawsuit, according to a CNN report. “Upon information and belief, some of these Records graphically depict Mr. Saget, his likeness or features, or parts of him, and were made by Defendants during Defendants’ investigations.”
Today, Florida Circuit Court Judge Vincent Chiu granted a temporary injunction preventing the release of those records, ABC News reported.
It was the family who first announced the cause of Saget’s death: head trauma, likely after accidentally hitting his head and falling asleep. The medical examiner later confirmed that Saget’s death was “accidental” and “the result of blunt head trauma.”
Bob Saget’s family attorney told CNN on Wednesday, “The facts of the investigation should be made public, but these materials should remain private out of respect for the dignity of Mr. Saget and his family. It’s very simple — from a human and legal standpoint, the Saget family’s privacy rights outweigh any public interest in disclosure of this sensitive information.”
Among the family’s concerns is that “certain news and media outlets have filed or plan to file public records requests” for minute details of Saget’s death.
The latest from Bob Saget’s family comes a few days after they released a statement confirming his death, while also saying that the comic actor died from head trauma.
“In the weeks since Bob’s passing, we have been overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of love from Bob’s fans, which has been a great comfort to us and for which we are eternally grateful.
“Now that we have the final conclusions from the authorities’ investigation, we felt it only proper that the fans hear those conclusions directly from us.
“The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma. They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep. No drugs or alcohol were involved.
“As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter,” the family had said.