On August 31, actress and activist Ashley Judd published an opinion piece in The New York Times with the heading "The Right to Keep Private Pain Private."
describing how Ashley felt like a suspect in the legal fallout following the suicide of her mother, country music legend Naomi Judd.
Ashley described the pain she had when she discovered her mother inside the house and said, "Finding and then cradling her labouring body haunts my nightmares."
"Naomi lost a protracted conflict against a persistent adversary who was ultimately too strong to be vanquished.
Ashley also recalled having four interviews with law enforcement on the day her mother passed away.
pointing out that the police "were just using poor, out-of-date interview processes and methods of communicating with family members who are in shock or distress"
It is now widely accepted that law enforcement officials need to be trained in how to handle and look into trauma cases.
A petition was submitted on August 12 on behalf of the Judd family, including Larry Stickland, Naomi's husband.
Ashley stated in the op-ed that "this incredibly private personal and medical information does not belong in the news, on the internet, or anywhere except in our memories."
Following a trial that was centred on images of the plane crash that claimed the life of the NBA star in January 2020 being leaked, Bryant was recently given $16 million.