Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit against police officers who photographed the bodies of the NBA star and his 13yearold daughter Gianna.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, has lashed out Saturday at police officers who illegally photographed and released the bodies of the NBA star and his 13yearold daughter Gianna, two of nine victims of a January 2020 helicopter crash.
“I feel devastated, hurt and betrayed by the county officials who released the photos,” she told reporters outside the Los Angeles courthouse, adding that she didn’t see the photos because they addressed her husband and to remind her daughter of what they were like.”
The statements come on day eight of the trial of Vanessa and Chris Chester who lost his wife and daughter in the same accident against Los Angeles Police Department after multiple agents showed pictures of the bodies of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna to friends and acquaintances, in a bar in California.
Kobe’s widow, considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, claims the release of the images violated the victims’ privacy and caused “immense pain” to their family members, and is demanding compensation that the US press says is “several million dollars.” .
Vanessa adds that this situation has left her suffering from “emotional distress” as she lives in constant fear that her other three daughters might see the photos.
On the other hand, the LAPD claims that the photos never made it onto the internet and therefore there is no reason to believe that this could happen in the future. Agents called to witness also ensured that all images of the accident were deleted, including images shared with third parties.
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In 2021, investigators concluded that the pilot of the helicopter that killed nine victims, including the Los Angeles Lakers legend, lost control of the vehicle due to fog, adding that he was responsible for such a situation defined aviation protocols.
The airline that owned the helicopter was also the subject of a lawsuit by Vanessa Bryant, who settled for compensation.