Rodney Dangerfield's Widow Sues Over Film

Posted Sep 22, 2007 by RobotGod
Joan Dangerfield filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the airing of a videotape of Dangerfield in his later years that his widow says was never intended for the public.
Rodney Dangerfield - Photo courtesy of Comedy Central
Rodney Dangerfield - Photo courtesy of Comedy Central
breitbart reports that according to Rodney Dangerfield's widow, even in death the comedian can't get any respect.
The suit claims that producer David Permut, has more than 200 hours of video footage of Dangerfield. The footage was taken at his home during the last few years of his life. The material is "highly private, extremely sensitive and very personal," according to the lawsuit.
A lot of it shows the comedian in failing health and according to the suit, "was never intended to be made available for viewing by the public,"
The suit claims that Permut showed some of the material to a writer and a newspaper reporter and also that he is editing the material into a documentary titled "Respect" that he hopes to show the Sundance Film Festival next year.
It also claims Permut violated an agreement that he had with Joan Dangerfield which gave her joint control of the material. She is trying to stop Permut from showing the footage until the dispute can be settled through arbitration.
Rodney Dangerfield was 82 when he died in October 2004. It seems a shame that he can not just rest in peace after a long, though troubled life.