Vanessa Bryant Sues L.A. County Sheriff Over Leaked Photos of Kobe and Gianna at Crash Site https://t.co/mfTQqe5OyN— TMZ (@TMZ) September 22, 2020
Vanessa Bryant is suing the L.A. County Sheriff department, claiming they caused her severe emotional distress. She claims deputies allegedly took personal cellphone photos of the bodies of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, as well as the other six victims, at the scene of the fatal helicopter crash in January.
Vanessa claims in the lawsuit that "no fewer than 8 sheriff's deputies at the crash site pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification."
She says deputies showed and passed around the photos to their colleagues for their own entertainment. These actions were exposed when a bartender called the sheriff's department after witnessing a deputy showing the photos to a woman he was trying to impress.
The lawsuit also claims Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tried to cover it up by telling deputies if they deleted the photos they would not face discipline (thus destruction of evidence). Vanessa claims Villanueva did not tell the families of the victims about the photos and they only learned of it when the media broke the story. When questioned, the Sheriff never gave any straight answers about the breach.
The lawsuit states: "Ms. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online."
The sheriff's department did not respond to requests for comment.
In other news, Vanessa is not having a good week. Her mother did an interview with Univision claiming her daughter booted her after Kobe's death. Vanessa's statement:
Vanessa Bryant’s response to her mother’s interview: pic.twitter.com/BEYyXULfAv— ❤️❤️ (@faboulouslife1) September 22, 2020
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