Seattle Police Face Lawsuit After Releasing Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos
In anticipation for the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Seattle police have been revealing never-before-seen photos of the Nirvana frontman's death scene. A total of 18 pictures have been released to-date, the most recent of which showcase parts of Cobain's actual body. In a strange twist, Seattle police are now being hit with a lawsuit by self-described investigative journalist Richard Lee.
Richard Lee, 50, is widely seen as a conspiracy theorist who has made "groundless" assertions that Kurt Cobain's death was not caused by suicide. Lee has run for Mayor of Seattle several times and once hosted the public access television show 'Kurt Cobain Was Murdered.'
According to Seattle PI, Lee is suing Seattle police for not releasing the Cobain death scene photos shortly after the Nirvana frontman's actual death. Lee will be representing himself in the suit.
Interestingly enough, there may be a legitimate basis for Lee's lawsuit. In Washington state, law requires that government agencies that fail to disclose releasable records pay between $5 to $100 per day, per document, for the delay. Add that up over 20 years… that's a hell of a lot of money. The city of Seattle has yet to respond to Lee's suit and has reportedly refused to provide Lee with copies of the already-released photos of Cobain's death scene.
“Lee has dealt with these SPD units many times in the past, and says that they are characteristically uncooperative, dilatory, and non-compliant with his requests for records and information,” Lee says in the lawsuit.
Although the Seattle police "reviewed" the Cobain suicide case recently, the case is currently not being re-investigated.