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Lawsuit: Kobe Bryant’s widow fears release of plane crash photos

PublishedAugust 20, 2022, 00:11

A court caseKobe Bryant’s widow fears crash photos leaked

Vanessa Bryant filed a complaint against Los Angeles County over photographs taken by police and firefighters of the crash site and the victims.

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kobe Bryant’s widow told a court on Friday she was devastated to learn that rescuers had photographed the scene of the helicopter crash where her husband, daughter and seven others were found dead.

A very touched Vanessa Bryant said she lived in fear that these photos would appear online. “It’s like Covid-19. Once it spreads, there’s no stopping it.” Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 west of Los Angeles, California.

Vanessa Bryant says she was emotionally stressed when LA County police and firefighters took pictures of the crash site and the victims before sharing the pictures with others. She is seeking damages from Los Angeles County for an undisclosed exact amount.

His complaint was related to that of Chris Chester, whose wife and thirteen-year-old daughter also died in the accident. Lawyers for Los Angeles County do not dispute that the photos were taken, but say they were never released to the public and have since been deleted.

“I shielded my family from the details”

At the helm on Thursday, Chris Chester expressed disbelief upon learning of the existence of these photos. “I hid my family from the details of the plane crash,” he said. “And there I thought that there would be photographs of the remains on the Internet,” he recalled, explaining that he asked his sons not to look for them on the net.

Mira Hashmoll, Los Angeles County Attorney, said authorities “worked tirelessly to keep these photos from the crash site out of the public domain.” “More than two and a half years later, no photos of the county have appeared in the media, they cannot be found on the Internet, and the plaintiffs admit that they have never seen them.”

Other families of victims last year in the same case were awarded $2.5 million in damages. The investigation concluded that the helicopter pilot was at fault for the accident, as “an error in judgment” resulted in him being “disoriented” in the midst of thick fog.

(AFP)

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