All hotel surveillance videotape showing actor David Carradine inside the Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand has now been turned over to local authorities, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
The General Manager of Nai Lert Park Hotel spoke with RadarOnline.com Monday.
Also Monday, police in Bangkok said they welcome the FBI’s involvement into the investigation into the bizarre death of the Kill Bill star.
Carradine’s family had asked the FBI to become involved after a graphic forensic photograph of Carradine was leaked over the internet this weekend. That photo shows the actor –naked– slumped dead in his hotel closet.
In a statement released Monday to RadarOnline.com, an FBI spokeswoman said: “The FBI’s Legal Attaches stationed in U.S. Embassies internationally may assist a foreign government in an investigation of the death of a U.S. citizen when criminal activity is suspected. The FBI has been contacted by representatives of the Carradine family and is in contact with the FBI’s Legal Attache at the US Embassy in Bangkok to obtain further information and to determine if the Thai authorities are requesting or would welcome FBI assistance in this matter. We have no further comment at this time.”
Carradine and his fifth wife Ann Bierman lived in the Los Angeles area, and last Friday, RadarOnline.com reported that his widow was whisked away in an unmarked car to be questioned about her husband’s mysterious death.
The family says it is “profoundly disturbed” at both the leak of the photograph and how the investigation is being handled.
The star’s half-brother brother Keith Carradine has already filed reports with the FBI and wants an independent pathologist to investigate the case.
In addition, the family has retained celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos to help them get to the bottom of Carradine’s death, which Bangkok authorities say could have resulted from kinky sex in the form of autoerotic asphyxiation.
Geragos revealed that the family want famed forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to determine whether another person was involved.
Hotel sources had told RadarOnline.com that the star had returned to his hotel suite alone before he was found dead by a maid the following morning.
The family’s legal team could now request access to the hotel’s CCTV camera footage to make sure that nobody else entered his suite before he was found dead.
The grainy photograph of the star that was published by the tabloid Thai Rath shows a naked body suspended from a clothes bar in a hotel closet, hands apparently bound together above the head and feet. The face is blacked-out and other body parts are obscured.
Although the image has surfaced on the Internet, the family has threatened any legal action against any media outlet who tries to publish it.
Thai police believe that the photograph was leaked by the forensics team who investigated the incident at the Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
The family expects the results from Baden’s independent examination to take around one week and that they will clear-up many unanswered questions.
“It’s amazing what a good pathologist can accomplish,” Geragos said.
Meanwhile, Carradine’s body is understood to have been flown back to California so that New York based Baden can do his own pathology examination.