Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was once again upheld in court. On January 5, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter denied the county’s request to dismiss the suit over alleged photos taken at her late husband Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash site, per People. Given that these photos’ existence presented “genuine issues of material facts for trial,” Walter stated that his job was not “to weigh the evidence and determine the truth of the matter but to determine whether there is a genuine issue for trial.” After Walter’s ruling, Skip Miller, an outside counsel for L.A. County, told People, “The county did not cause Ms. Bryant’s loss and, as was promised on the day of the crash, none of the county’s accident site photos were ever publicly disseminated.”

In December 2021, Vanessa’s attorney Luis Li filed a court document claiming that “close-up photos of Gianna and Kobe’s remains were passed around [to] at least 28 LASD devices and by at least a dozen firefighters (per The Washington Post). Li also alleged that “one deputy guffawed while sharing the photos” and “another described the crash victims’ remains as ‘hamburger.'” 

In her own December 6 legal filing, Vanessa stated that she was “sick at the thought that deputies and firefighters have gawked at photos of my husband’s and child’s bodies without any reason.” What a horrible way to have this tragedy prolonged.

Source: Nicki Swift

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