“What they went through is inhumane”: Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa Bryant Sues Los Angeles County For $75M For Releasing Pictures of Husband and Daughter’s Dead Body Post Fatal Helicopter Crash

American philanthropist and basketball player Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant has filed a lawsuit for sharing the photos of the January 2020 helicopter crash that took the life of her husband and basketball legend Kobe Bryant and their thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant. The couple founded Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation back in 2007 to provide scholarships to minority college students around the world. They shared four children, including Gianna(late daughter), Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

Vanessa Bryant with her late husband Kobe Bryant
Vanessa Bryant with her late husband Kobe Bryant

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American Basketball player Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers’ history. He was one of the brightest talents that brought laurels to the country. However, the legend passed away back in 2020 in a fatal accident.

How Did Kobe Bryant Die?

Kobe Bryant
Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant

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Back in 2020, 41-year-old Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant along with seven others were killed when his private helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. CNN at that time reported that Mr. Kobe and Gianna were expected at his Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park, where the player was serving as a coach, and Gianna was set to play in a basketball game.

While the Transportation Safety Board in 2021 reported that the crash was a pilot error while also criticizing the helicopter company’s safety failures, the families of the player and others reach an agreement for the same.

Vanessa Bryant Sues Los Angeles County For $75M for Leaking Kobe Bryant Crash Photos

Vanessa Bryant
Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant

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Kobe Bryant’s widow demanded compensation from Los Angeles County for the images which were circulated after the death of her husband and daughter back in 2020. On the 10th day of the trial, attorney Jerome Jackson shared the request on the behalf of  Vanessa Bryant and Chris Chester(partner in the basketball player’s lawsuit) to seek $75M for invasion of privacy and negligence for circulating photos of the incident.

The attorney has requested the court up to $2.5 million each for their past 2.5 years of emotional distress, plus up to $1 million for each year of their future distress which is 40 years for Bryant and 30 for Chester.

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In his closing arguments, Jackson shared,

“When I reach this point of closing arguments, I’m usually anxious about not asking for too much,” adding, “You can’t award too much money for what they went through. You can’t stack it too high. You can’t spread it too wide. What they went through is inhuman and inhumane.”

It all happened due to the close-up snaps of Vanessa Bryant’s husband and daughter’s dead bodies being circulated on at least 28 Sheriff’s Department devices.

Source: USA Today

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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