September 22, 2020

Vanessa Bryant Suing L.A County Sheriff Over Leaked Helicopter Crash Photos

Vanessa Bryant Suing L.A County Sheriff Over Leaked Helicopter Crash Photos

Vanessa Bryant is taking action against the Los Angeles, California County Sheriff.

Back in March, some of the deputies in the L. A County Sheriff’s department was being investigated for sharing photos of the tragic helicopter crash that took the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa was devastated by the photos and it caused more emotional distress, according to TMZ

In court documents obtained by the outlet, eight deputies pulled out their phone and snapped pictures when they went to the crash site. They took pictures of the dead children, parents, and coaches, for their gratification. In the suit, it claims the photos were the topics of conversations within the department amongst people who were not investigating the accident. The documents also claim a deputy used one of the pictures at a bar to bag a female. The bartender overheard and called the sheriff’s department. 

Vanessa also claims Sheriff Villanueva tried to cover everything up and destroy the evidence. He reportedly told the deputies that if they deleted the photos, they wouldn’t face discipline. The suit also claims Villanueva didn’t notify the families about the photos at first and they only learned about them when the news broke that the deputies took them. In the suit it says,

“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.”

In the lawsuit, Vanessa is seeking unspecified damages, including punitive damages. TMZ reached out to the Sheriff’s department, but they haven’t got a response as of yet. We’ll keep you updated. 

On January 26th, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and 7 other passengers were flying to a basketball game when they all died in a helicopter crash.