Naomi Judd’s family files motion asking court to seal death inquest report


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Naomi Judd’s family filed a lawsuit on Friday to seal police reports and tapes made during the inquest into the country star’s death.

The recordings contained video and audio interviews with Judd’s family members after his death. Disclosure of these details would cause “significant trauma and irreparable harm”, his family said.

Judd’s family filed the petition in Williamson County Chancery Court in Tennessee, as the filing was made on behalf of the late singer’s husband Larry Strickland and daughters Ashley and Wynonna.

The petition was a more detailed follow-up to an earlier request made by the family last week. A representative provided it to The Associated Press with the family’s permission. The document asks the court not to release the records because it includes Judd’s medical records and the family has “a right to privacy.”

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According to the documents, Strickland said he was unaware his interviews were recorded, noting that he shared personal information.

Naomi Judd’s family filed a lawsuit on Friday to seal police reports and tapes made during the inquest into the country star’s death.
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Ashley said in the petition that she was in “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress” following her mother’s death and asked that the recordings not remain in public permanently.

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Tennessee law generally allows law enforcement records to be released, but police have the discretion to retain records while an investigation is ongoing. Once an investigation is closed, the cases are usually released, depending on the outlet.

According to the petition, Larry Strickland, Naomi's husband, said he was unaware that his interviews were recorded, noting that he shared personal information.

According to the petition, Larry Strickland, Naomi’s husband, said he was unaware that his interviews were recorded, noting that he shared personal information.
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Judd, 76, died April 30 at her home in Tennessee. The country legend died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after battling mental health, according to his daughter Ashley.

Wynonna Judd (left) appeared with her mother, Naomi Judd, at the CMT Awards on April 11.

Wynonna Judd (left) appeared with her mother, Naomi Judd, at the CMT Awards on April 11.
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Ashley and Wynonna confirmed the loss of their mother in an emotional statement shared on Twitter at the time.

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“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy,” Ashley Judd tweeted. “We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.”

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Naomi and Wynonna Judd were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the next day, and they had just announced an arena tour that would begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade. They also made a return to award shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards in early April.

A representative for Naomi Judd’s family did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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