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Dangerfield's Wife Sues to Stop "Extremely Sensitive" Vid

9/23/2007 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Even six feet under, Rodney Dangerfield still don't get no respect.

So says his wife Joan, who filed suit Thursday to halt the airing of video of the comic taken during his last years, which she says is "highly private, extremely sensitive, and very personal" and wasn't meant for public consumption. Joan is suing former Dangerfield pal David Permut, who she says took more than 200 hours of footage at his home while Rodney was in ill health. The bug-eyed comedian died in 2004 at 82.

According to the suit, Permut plans to use some of the footage in a documentary to air at Sundance next year. His production company didn't return calls for comment.


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1.

Berreta    

Let's see now...

The business partner fleeced $500,000 from Dangerfield's comedy
club while Rodney was on his deathbed. What a nice guy Anthony
Bevacqua is.

Rodney's daughter stole his Las Vegas Act and claimed she wrote
it when she was a baby. What a nice girl Melanie Roy-Friedman is.

The former friend has home video footage of Rodney that he's now
trying to exploit. What a nice guy David Permut is.

Wait a minute. The widow had a lavish funeral for Rodney? What
a whore she must be.

2424 days ago
2.

tba    

I have to assume much of the footage is showing Rodney in ill health. I not sure why this footage was shot. However; if Permut was a real friend, he wouldn’t put it out for public consumption for his own ambition under the guise he’s doing it for friend.

Allow us to remember Rodney as the funny and self-enfacing comic that he was.

2497 days ago
3.

Staff    

The Stars Sell Their BMWs at BMWMotorsportClub.com

2497 days ago
4.

FlBiker    

Permut the parasite.

2497 days ago
5.

DingDong DingDong    

Some people will do anything for money.

Permut, don't be a sleez ball, let the man lie in peace. What's wrong with you people in show business.

Sounds like he was your friend. Is this the way you treat friends?

2497 days ago
6.

Puh-lease    

Is it questionable? Sure. Is it illegal? Probably not.

2497 days ago
7.

Glisten Garbor    

Like who would want to see that anyway..

2497 days ago
8.

K    

this is just sick.....for the love of all f*****g things let the man RIP and don't use his family's suffering for personal gain

2497 days ago
9.

jbird    

He was invited into the home, so to her I say too bad so sad. He can probably do whatever he wants with HIS film. Tacky yes, illegal-doubt it!

2497 days ago
10.

jackie    

Probably shows him making racist jokes. That's the only reason I can think of that his wife would protest having it made public. Dangerfield has always reminded me of my step-grandfather...racist, bigot and male-chauvenist. Hope that's not what it turns out to be!

2497 days ago
11.

Democrats are evil    

Time to rename our country "The anything for a buck States of America". People that do stuff like this have the moral equivalence of a rapist.

2497 days ago
12.

Mrs. Harvey Levin    

It should not surprise us if he was racist, bigoted and male-chauvenist. It was part of that generation. It would serve no purpose to show that now. 12:02 said it - let us remember him as a classic funny man.

Why smear someone for profit?

2497 days ago
13.

notaceleb    

RODNEY DANGERFIELD WAS MY FAVORITE COMEDIAN GROWING UP WATCHING CARSON OR WATCHING ANY TV COMEDIAN. IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF THIS PARASITE FILMER WOULD SHOW SENSITIVE MATERIAL OF RD. SO, I HOPE HIS WIFE GETS AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THE SO-CALLED, "FILM," IN ITS TRACKS. BUT, THEN, AGAIN, AS RD CALLED IT, THE FILM WOULD BE SO APPROPRIATE TO HIS, "I DON'T GET NO RESPECT," ACT.

2497 days ago
14.

Reese    

If the man was filming RD with his consent, he (RD) must have meant it to be shown to someone. There must have been an understanding between them, or RD would have had the man removed. It sounds like the wife is going against the deceased wishes. Just sayin.

2497 days ago
15.

Terry    


Where was the wife when the friend took 200 hours of footage while Rodney was in ill health?
That's a lot of hours to be filming someone ill.

2497 days ago
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