As we reported, Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company from the crash that killed Kobe, Gianna, and seven other victims. Now she is suing L.A. County Sheriff deputies.
Per TMZ, Vanessa is suing the L.A. County Sheriff and his department, claiming they caused severe emotional distress. “According to the lawsuit, no fewer than 8 sheriff’s deputies at the crash site, pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.”
The lawsuit says the photos were the subject of conversation within the sheriff’s department, and deputies showed colleagues the pictures that had no investigative purpose.
The outlet also points out how the photos were exposed. According to the lawsuit, “A deputy was at a bar and showed the photos to a woman he was trying to impress. The bartender heard the conversation, blew the whistle and called the sheriff’s department.”
The lawsuit states that sheriffs did not tell the families about the photos, and they found out about them when the story broke. Now, Vanessa is in fear that the images will leak. “Ms. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online.”
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages, including punitive damages.