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Casey Kasem’s Daughter, Wife Reach Settlement Over Visitation Rights

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Jean and Casey Kasem attend a Hollywood event in November 2003. (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images Entertainment)

Jean and Casey Kasem attend a Hollywood event in November 2003. (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images Entertainment)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A settlement agreement concerning visitation and other issues surrounding radio legend Casey Kasem has been reached between the radio legend’s feuding daughter and wife, an attorney said Friday.

The attorneys for Julie Kasem and her husband, Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, told a Los Angeles judge that they have reached an accord with Jean Kasem, who has been married to the 81-year-old former radio personality for more than three decades.

A bid by Julie Kasem and her husband for temporary conservatorship over Kasem was rejected last month, with the judge saying they had not shown sufficient need for such action because he was getting proper care from his wife. The judge instead directed the attorneys on both sides to work out an agreement for Kasem’s three adult children from his first marriage to visit their father.

“I’m happy we’ve resolved and we’ll be able to see my dad,” son Mike Kasem said.

The terms of the settlement were not divulged.

Daughter Kerri Kasem is still negotiating her own terms for visits with her father.

“It’s really hard to see someone you love so much, so ill, and want you to stay and want you to be with them, and you can’t,” Kerri Kasem said. “The negotiations have an armed guard in the room, have a very small, short time limit.”

Casey Kasem has advanced Parkinson’s disease, and the feud between his wife, to whom he has been married since 1980, and his children from his first marriage has escalated into demonstrations in front of the Kasem home, where they have claimed their stepmother has been preventing them from visiting their father.

For a link to the Kasem Cares Foundation — started by Kerri Kasem — to help support visitation rights of adult children, click here.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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