Judge rules Vanessa Bryant will not have to undergo psychiatric exam to prove her mental distress as she sues LA County over photos taken at Kobe crash scene https://t.co/2I7bDGyJdx— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 2, 2021
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Eick has denied Los Angeles county's request to have Vanessa Bryant undergo an examination of her mental state. Bryant is suing the county over graphic photos taken at the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe, daughter Gianna and seven others, including three of Gianna's teammates.
The judge said the request for the evaluation was untimely. The county had sought the examination because Vanessa was arguing that the potential release of the photos were causing her severe emotional distress, anxiety and depression and the county argued she was exaggerating.
During her deposition, Vanessa said in part, "Not only do I have to grieve the loss of my husband and child, but for the rest of my life I'm going to have to fear that these photographs of my husband and child will be leaked."
The judge also ruled that the county sheriff and fire chief will have to give depositions in the case.
The trial is scheduled for February 2022 at a federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Two other families of victims of the crash have reached tentative settlements with the county over the photos.