Bill Paxton’s doctor is refusing to turn over documents the late actor’s family is demanding in their wrongful death lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Paxton’s physician, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are objecting to producing documents and accusing the family of “harassing” them over the records.
Last year, Paxton’s family sued Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the actors doctor Dr. Ali Khoynezhad. The wrongful death lawsuit accused the doctor of failing to disclose things prior to a procedure.
They claim the heart surgery Paxton underwent for an aortic aneurysm repair was "beyond the scope" of the doctor's experience and privileges.
They said the doctor did not explain the risks of the unconventional surgery he recommended to Paxton or his family. Paxton suffered a stroke after the surgery and died one week later on February 25, 2017.
The suit claims Paxton suffered complications during and after the surgery, but that there was a delay in treating Paxton because Dr. Khoynezhad had left the operating room. Paxton’s family is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Ali Khoynezhad deny all allegations of wrongdoing. They argue Paxton was aware of the possible dangers relating to his surgery beforehand. Cedars and Dr. Khoynezhad said the actor was "aware of certain dangers and risks involved" with the surgery. They even claimed Paxton had "an existing condition" that rendered him susceptible to complications from the procedure. The hospital and doctor have moved to dismiss the lawsuit.