As Kasem Deteriorates, Feud Gets Even Weirder

Now it involves Scientology
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
As Kasem Deteriorates, Feud Gets Even Weirder
Casey Kasem in 2003.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

Casey Kasem is now in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson in Washington state tells CNN, while a rep for Kasem's daughter confirms to People that the 82-year-old's health is "worse." Kasem was hospitalized Sunday after a long battle between his children and his wife, Jean, and as of yesterday, his children were gathering there to be with him. Despite the gloomy news, the feud keeps getting more bizarre: On Wednesday, Jean Kasem filed court papers alleging that Kasem's daughter Kerri wants to donate her father's $80 million fortune to the Church of Scientology, NBC News reports.

The papers Jean filed this week included an unverified list of alleged celebrity Scientologists, which includes Kerri, but Kerri denies being a Scientologist. Kerri tells NBC Jean's claims are "defamation of character," adding, "I've studied many religions [including Scientology] and Jean will of course find the most controversial one and use it against me." Jean also claims in the documents that Kerri has borrowed more than $630,000 from her father and owes him $1.3 million, another allegation Kerri vehemently denies. The last weird twist in the Kasem feud involved Jean throwing raw meat at Kerri. (More celebrity stories.)

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