"I broke down and cried".  Kobe Bryant’s widow fears crash photos will be shared

"I broke down and cried". Kobe Bryant’s widow fears crash photos will be shared

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Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, said in court Friday she was devastated to learn first responders took graphic photos of her husband and daughter who were killed in the debris of the helicopter crash that killed them.

Crying in court, Vanessa Bryant tearfully said she lives in fear of the photos that appear on the internet and “constantly spread”. “Once it spreads, you can’t recover,” he said.

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American basketball legend Kobe Bryant and teenage daughter Gianna were among nine people who died when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near Los Angeles in 2020 by Chris Chester, whose wife and daughter also died in the accident. The lawsuits allege negligence and invasion of privacy.

Vanessa Bryant claims she suffered from emotional distress because Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officers and firefighters took photos of the scene, which she later shared with friends and other first responders.

The widow said that when she found out the photos existed, she left home to find a place to cry away from her daughters. “I just broke down and cried and I wanted to run around the block and just scream,” Vanessa Bryant told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t want my daughters to meet them [as fotografias]. I have three girls.”

Last year, relatives of other accident victims received $ 2.5 million (equivalent to 2.4 million euros) in compensation for the recordings.

An investigation into the accident indicated that the pilot was probably disoriented after piloting the Sikorsky S76 in the fog.

Bryant is widely recognized as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, a figure who became the face of the sport during two brilliant decades with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a fivetime NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 and lasted through 2016.