Wednesday 10 August 2022 02:46 PM Kobe Bryant's widow goes to court against LA Sheriff over leaked photos of NBA ... trends now
Kobe Bryant's widow goes to court on Wednesday in her multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over leaked photos of the corpses of the NBA star and his daughter, both of whom perished in a helicopter crash in 2020.
Vanessa Bryant, in her federal invasion of privacy suit, claims deputies did not take the photos for investigative purposes and shared them with firefighters who responded to the crash scene.
'Close-up photos of Gianna and Kobe's remains were passed around on at least 28 sheriff's department devices and by at least a dozen firefighters, and shown off in bars and at an awards gala,' according to the suit.
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and other parents and players were flying to a girls basketball tournament when their chartered helicopter crashed in the Calabasas hills, west of Los Angeles, in fog on January 26, 2020.
Vanessa Bryant's suit claims that 'close-up photos of Gianna and Kobe's remains were passed around on at least 28 sheriff's department devices and by at least a dozen firefighters, and shown off in bars and at an awards gala'
A month before the fatal crash, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant pose for a photo at Sean Combs 50th birthday party in Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were pictured courtside at a Lakers game in December 2019 - a month before the fatal helicopter crash
Vanessa Bryant reportedly asked authorities to not allow anyone to take photos of their bodies, but claimed she later learned firefighters and deputies were passing around photos (Pictured: The crash site in Calabasas in January 2020)
'Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought that sheriff´s deputies, firefighters, and members of the public have gawked at gratuitous images of her deceased husband and child,'