Vanessa Bryant may have to take a psychiatric test in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County over photos taken by the first responders at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Byrant.
Vanessa Bryant could be asked to take a psych test in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County over photos taken by the first responders to her husband Kobe’s death.
First responders took photos of the basketball legend’s body after his tragic death in January 2020, and Ms Bryant filed a lawsuit against the county as a result, but the lawyers for the county have now responded.
Ms Bryant alleges that pictures of Bryant’s body were shown to a bartender – and “gratuitous photos of the dead children, parents and coaches” were shared around following the accident.
Los Angeles County wants Ms Bryant, as well as those who lost loved ones in the helicopter crash, to undergo psychiatric exams to determine if they were emotionally disturbed after the pictures were shared.
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Ms Bryant, who also lost daughter Gianna in the crash, accused the county of invading her privacy; court documents further explain the reasons for her lawsuit.
“Ms Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child,” it said. “She lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online.”
But lawyers for the county have requested that the psych evaluations should be recorded and last eight hours for adults and four to six hours for children.
They said: “While the families have undoubtedly suffered severe distress and trauma from the crash and resulting loss of their loved ones, their distress was not caused by [the first responders] or any accident site photos that were never publicly disseminated.”
Their statement also read: “She has sued the county for something that didn’t happen.
“There’s been no public disclosure of crash site photos, none. So we see this case as a money grab and are doing what’s necessary to defend our client.”
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Ms Bryant’s legal team responded, stating the request for psychiatric evaluations is an attempt to force her and those who lost loved ones on that day, to abandon “their pursuit of accountability.”
The 39-year-old has also filed to trademark ‘KB24’ in order to create a sports and entertainment empire in honour of her late husband.
According to TMZ, Ms Bryant has submitted documents to lock in the trademark for various products including sports cards, t-shirts, digital collectable items, training camps and beverage/food containers.