Judge forbids release of Dangerfield footage

Video taken during final years of late comedian's life

A judge in Los Angeles has ordered a former friend of Rodney Dangerfield not to distribute video footage of the late comedian taken during the final years of his life.

The permanent injunction settles a lawsuit filed last year by Dangerfield's widow against producer David Permut. Lawyers for Joan Dangerfield filed the court papers in the case Tuesday.

Joan Dangerfield sued Permut after he allegedly showed video of her husband to two writers and was planning on editing the 200 hours of footage into a documentary called "Respect."

The comedian, whose catchphrase was "I don't get no respect," died in October 2004 at age 82.
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