NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge agreed to dismiss the emergency conservatorship request by Reese Witherspoon in her father's interest Monday morning and ordered that the court file remain sealed from the public.
In May, Witherspoon filed an emergency motion to have her father, Dr. John Witherspoon, placed under a conservator after he was accused of marrying another woman while still married. Betty Witherspoon filed a lawsuit protesting his marriage to Tricianne Taylor, saying he was suffering from depression and possibly early onset dementia.
Circuit Judge Randy Kennedy has ordered nearly all proceedings in the conservatorship case be secret, in addition to any court records detailing John Witherspoon's situation. The Tennessean and WSMV-Channel 4 sued to unseal the proceedings and records.
On Monday, attorneys for Reese Witherspoon, Betty Witherspoon and John Witherspoon, in addition to the temporary guardian assigned to the case, agreed to drop the conservatorship. Reese Witherspoon's attorney, Andra Hedrick, said vaguely, "The situation has changed" and that the parties had all "dealt with this in a private way."
In a separate ruling, Kennedy said that the media and public do not have a right to see records filed in the conservatorship, accusing the media of tabloid journalism. Kennedy's ruling means the case will remain sealed from public eyes unless a higher court overrules him.
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Witherspoon case closed: Judge to seal records