The photo disclosure marks the latest development in the negligence suit Melissa Rivers filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy in the death of her 81-year-old mother on Sept. 4
Latest reports have revealed that Dr. Lawrence Cohen took pictures of an unconscious Joan Rivers in the operating room before the August 28, 2014 surgery that eventually led to her death.
According to the NY Daily News, the Yorkville Endoscopy doctor’s actions were revealed by attorneys in newly-released court documents, citing clinic records, federal reports and findings from the medical examiner.
The photo disclosure marks the latest development in the negligence suit Melissa Rivers filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy in the death of her 81-year-old mother, which occurred at Mount Sinai Hospital on September 4, just a week after the procedure which saw the Fashion Police star suffer a heart attack before lapsing into a coma.
According to the court docs, Anesthesiologist Dr. Renuka Bankulla made a ''clear statement in the medical records that Dr. Cohen took a photograph of Joan Rivers while she was unconscious during the procedure.''
Meanwhile, the clinic's director Daniel Adler told Melissa Rivers that other staffers at the facility confirmed that Cohen photographed the legendary comic.
Cohen has not denied snapping the shots in testimony; his refusal to admit taking the photo on the official record “represents a continuing effort by these defendants to prevent providing meaningful accounting of their respective roles in the tragic death of Joan Rivers,” Bloom and Rubinowitz said in legal docs.
Cohen, a gastroenterologist who served as the clinic’s medical director, resigned last September shortly after the show biz legend’s death.