Bryant’s widow files lawsuit against LA County Sheriff Department

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late NBA great Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, TMZ is reporting. The lawsuit is over from “severe emotional distress” over leaked photos from the January 26th crash scene.

Bryant was one of nine people, who perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The lawsuit does not name the specified damages that she is seeking.

Los Angeles Lakers honor the nine victims from the January 26th helicopter crash during the pregame ceremony for Kobe Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers honor the nine victims from the January 26th helicopter crash during the pregame ceremony for Kobe Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers (Getty Images)

Following Bryant’s helicopter crash, Bryant has also filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company.

TMZ is reporting 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 is reportedly terrified that the photos will be leaked out to the general public. The lawsuit alleges that the deputies were caught when a deputy showed a woman at a bar, who he was reportedly trying to impress.

“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 lawsuit states.

The deputies were busted back in February by a bartender, according to TMZ. The photos reportedly were ‘passed around at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation.’

“Shortly following the tragic crash, Sheriff Alex Villanueva sponsored legislation, which now makes it a crime for public safety personnel to take and share non-official pictures of this nature,” LA County Sheriff Department said in a statement.

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