More than one year after Joan Rivers‘ untimely passing, Melissa Rivers is still fighting her late mother’s doctors in a wrongful death lawsuit.
But yesterday, the NYC judge presiding over Joan’s case ruled the medical personnel who allegedly mistreated the comedienne — who died at age 81 in September 2014 — during a routine throat surgery don’t legally have to admit to any wrongdoing in court.
The doctor’s office where Joan underwent her throat surgery in 2014.
According to Page Six, lawyers for Melissa, 47, previously asked the Yorkville Endoscopy doctors who operated on her mother to acknowledge that Dr. Lawrence Cohen took a photo of a sedated Joan during the surgery. However, Justice Joan Lobis stated Melissa “seeks to have defendants admit facts at the heart of the controversy,” and won’t require the physicians to admit to this particular malpractice.
Melissa’s representation then told Justice Lobis that her ruling will only force them to reconfigure their questions to be tailored to each individual doctor who was present during Joan’s fateful surgery last fall.