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Columbo star's daughter can visit

Peter Falk
A court lawyer recommended Peter Falk's medical records be kept private

Columbo star Peter Falk can now be visited by his daughter Catherine after a US judge gave her the right to a 30 minute supervised meeting with him.

Mr Falk is currently under 24 hour care. His daughter claims he has Alzheimer's disease and has applied to be put in charge of his estate.

Ms Falk alleges she has been blocked from seeing her father for six months.

She must take the visit within 30 days. A decision on her application for conservatorship has not yet been made.

A lawyer appointed by the court has already visited the 81-year-old actor at his Beverly Hills home to assess his care as well as meeting Mr Falk's wife, Shera, and his business manager.

The lawyer has testified that Mr Falk was "well-dressed, clean and composed" and said in his opinion the actor did not need to be put under his daughter's care.

After she was awarded the right to visit her father Ms Falk gave the thumbs-up sign and said "thank God".

The judge in the case ordered that the meeting should not be discussed in public after it has taken place.

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