According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Love and Cobain claim they would suffer “substantial and irreparable damage” if the photos ever saw the light of day.
The mother/daughter combo filed their response to help the city of Seattle fight a lawsuit from a guy named Richard Lee, a conspiracy theorist who believes Cobain did not kill himself.
Back in 2014, Lee sued the city to try and get the photos released. The photos in question, according to court documents, show “Kurt Cobain’s body as it lay in the family residence after he was shot in the head.”
Lee has spent 23 years investigating Cobain’s death and believes the rock legend was actually killed in a conspiracy involving multiple government officials. He lost his original suit in 2015, but filed an appeal last year.
Now, Love and Cobain have come back to help fight that appeal, saying the release of the photos “would not only exacerbate the posttraumatic stress Frances Bean Cobain has suffered since childhood but physically endanger her and her mother by encouraging more disturbed stalkers and fanatical threats.”
Love and Cobain have testified in this case before. Love has said Cobain’s death “was the most traumatic experience of my life. It left me physically distraught and I continue to suffer emotionally from the loss of my husband to this day.”
Frances Bean testified that the while she has no memory of her father, she “has had to deal with the trauma of his death her entire life.”
On April 21, 2016, Love filed a declaration accusing Lee of trying to exploit Cobain’s death and claiming Lee has “stalked and harassed me, my family, and my friends for many, many years … On one particular occasion, Mr. Lee even filmed himself chasing a limousine for several miles that he thought I was a passenger in. Mr. Lee’s actions make me fear for my safety.”