Vanessa Bryant sues LA County claiming graphic photos of Kobe, Gianna were shared at awards gala

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Vanessa Bryant, widow of Kobe Bryant, is suing Los Angeles County after claiming law enforcement officials and firefighters released photos of the bodies of her husband and daughter. Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, died in a helicopter crash along with seven others in January 2020.

According to Bryant’s attorneys, 28 LA County Sheriff’s Department devices and 12 other firefighters’ devices shared photos of the bodies of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant. The sharing of the photo is said to have taken place at bars and an awards gala.

LA County tried to dismiss Bryant’s case in November, but a federal judge dismissed the motion earlier this month. In his decision, United States District Judge John F. Walter speak Bryant’s case contains “critical factual accuracy issues for trial.”

The case will now be moved to trial in Los Angeles, and Bryant’s attorneys established their witness lists on Thursday. The witness list includes, but is not limited to, Vanessa Bryant herself; Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant’s former teammate at the Lakers; LA County Sheriff and fire department officers; and Sharia Washington, sister of Kobe Bryant.

While Bryant is suing LA County for invasion of privacy and negligence, her attorneys are accusing the county of further misconduct.

“The defendants (County) engaged in a cover-up, destroyed direct forensic evidence of their wrongdoing, and requested sufficient additional evidence to determine the adequacy of the misconduct.” left,” Luis Li, Bryant’s attorney, said in a statement.

Bryant’s trial began on February 22 and will last approximately 15 days, each USA Today. Vanessa Bryant sues LA County claiming graphic photos of Kobe, Gianna were shared at awards gala

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