Ashley Judd claims in lawsuit that mom Naomi was ALIVE for 30 minutes after she shot herself
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE: A court petition attempting to stop the release of the toxicology and autopsy reports of Naomi Judd has revealed new shocking details about the singer's death from suicide after a prolonged battle with mental illness on April 30.
In a court filing on Friday, August 12, the late singer's daughter Ashley Judd revealed to a judge that her mother was alive when she found her. Ashley said she stayed by Naomi's side for 30 minutes till medical help arrived. Naomi Judd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in Tennessee.
According to Radar, the Williamson County Sheriff's Department had recorded bodycam interviews with Ashley present on the scene. The Judd family, which includes Ashley, her sister Wynonna Judd and step-father Larry Strickland, have filed a new lawsuit against Williamson County and its sheriff. The lawsuit attempts to stop the release of records related to Naomi's death, such as photos and videos showcasing her death, as well as Ashley’s interviews.
The family's attorney J. Michael Shipman II said, “(The Judds) will suffer significant trauma and irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish should these records be released,” adding, “moreover, the release of these records would continue to cause the entire family personal and public pain for years to come as they would undoubtedly live in perpetuity on the internet.” Michael continued, "the plaintiffs are continuing to grieve over the loss of their wife and mother,” and, “this broad dissemination and public reporting of the details of Ms. Judd's death would be traumatic and cause irreparable harm to the plaintiffs in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish as they grieve the loss of their mother.”
Meanwhile, Ashley said that she had no idea that she was being recorded during interviews with the cops and that the recordings will be made public. While speaking to the law enforcement, Ashley said she was in a “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress.” Similarly, Naomi Judd's husband of 32 years Larry Strickland, was unaware he was being recorded and urged that personal information not be released to the public.
Currently, a dispute over Naomi's fortune is also going on between her daughters Ashley and Wynonna. The will named Larry as the sole executor, which Wynonna plans to contest while Ashley is said to be siding with Larry. As per Radar, the case will be heard on September 12.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).