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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by country singer Randy Travis to stop the state of Texas from releasing video of him naked and ranting during a 2012 DUI arrest.
The ruling on a request for a preliminary injunction issued Thursday paved the way for the Texas Department of Public Safety to release the video, which was requested through open records requests.
Travis’ family has been in a long legal battle to stop the release of the video. It went all the way to the state Supreme Court, which denied his petition. Travis filed a federal lawsuit in September in Texas arguing that that the video should be considered private under health record privacy regulations. But the judge said he did not show a substantial likelihood of success on the claims.
The Country Music Hall of Fame singer and Grammy winner ushered in a wave of neo-traditional singers and had hits with songs like “Forever And Ever, Amen.” He suffered a stroke in 2013 that has left him with limited ability to speak.
His wife, Mary Davis-Travis, was denied a request by the federal court to sue on his behalf.
Randy Travis booking mug. (Grayson County Sheriff’s Office)
The lawsuit said the video, showing him nude and disoriented and making threats to the officers, was highly embarrassing and intimate and inappropriate to release in light of the fact that Travis “can no longer speak cogently and is not even in the position to discuss, let alone defend, his previous actions.”
“This case is about the rights of all Americans to have their most personal moments that happen to be videotaped, occurring after a concussion or a physical injury or a mental health breakdown, remain private where they should be,” …read more
Source:: The Mercury News