Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain have won a legal battle to keep the private and shocking photographs taken at the scene of Kurt Cobain’s suicide sealed.
A new court ruling in Seattle has seen journalist Richard Lee, who was described in court documents as “a conspiracy theorist who believes that Mr. Cobain was murdered,” refused access to pictures taken of Cobain’s body under Washington State’s Public Records Act.
In 2015 Lee’s original court case was thrown out by Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle who said releasing the images would be “highly offensive to a reasonable person.”
The journalist has since appealed the decision which forced Courtney Love, and Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, testify against him. In a declaration, Francis Bean said:
“Releasing these photographs would physically endanger me and my mother. I once saw mock photos depicting my father’s body. That experience irreparably scarred me. I cannot imagine how terrible it would be knowing that the photographs that Mr. Lee seeks were public, and that I or any of my loved ones, included my father’s mother and sisters, might inadvertently see them. Release and publication of the photographs would shock me and exacerbate the post-traumatic stress that I have suffered since childhood.”
The four rolls of images taken in 1994 by the Seattle Police Department in 2014 will never be seen by the public.