Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy on Monday ordered a hearing to determine whether records and hearings involving Reese Witherspoon’s father will be open to the media and public.
Witherspoon is attempting to have her father, Dr. John Witherspoon, placed under a conservator, who would act as his legal representative because of concerns about his competency. The Hollywood actress’ actions came after he was accused of marrying Tricianne Taylor, while still married to Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Witherspoon.
Kennedy on May 11 ejected the media from a hearing and ordered all court records in the case sealed. The Tennessean and WSMV-TV Channel 4 objected to the closures and have filed a joint emergency motion to have all proceedings opened to the public.
In response to that action, Kennedy on Monday ordered a hearing to argue the motion at 1:30 p.m. June 1. The Witherspoons’ attorney, Andra Hedrick, and John Witherspoon’s temporary guardian, attorney Winston Evans, declined to discuss the case after Monday’s hearing.
Judge Agrees to Hear Arguments to Unseal Witherspoon Records