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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007 3:28 am | Updated: 5:38 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - Rodney Dangerfield's widow says that even in death the comedian can't get any respect.

Joan Dangerfield filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the airing of a videotape of Dangerfield in his later years that his widow says was never intended for the public.

The comedian, whose catch phrase was "I don't get no respect," was 82 when he died in October 2004.

The suit claimed that producer David Permut, a former friend, has more than 200 hours of video footage of Dangerfield taken at his home during the last few years of his life. The material is "highly private, extremely sensitive and very personal," according to the lawsuit.

Much of it shows the comedian in ill health and "was never intended to be made available for viewing by the public," the suit said.

A call to Permut's company, Permut Presentations of Beverly Hills, was not immediately returned Saturday.

The suit claims that Permut has shown some of the material to a writer and a newspaper reporter and is editing the material into a documentary called "Respect" that he hopes to air at the Sundance Film Festival next year.

The action also claims Permut violated an agreement he had with Joan Dangerfield giving her joint control of the material. It seeks court orders barring Permut from showing the footage until the dispute can be settled through arbitration.

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