Lawsuit over photos of Kobe Bryant’s bodies and his daughter could proceed

Vanessa Bryant alleged that she and her family suffered severe emotional distress.

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In the midst of your legal battle against Los Angeles County, Vanessa Bryant, wife of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, received a favorable response on the handling of photographs in which the remains of her husband and daughter appear.

A federal judge rejected the petition of the Los Angeles County attorneys, who had dismissed Vanessa’s lawsuit for the handling of photos taken at the scene of the accident of the helicopter where they died Kobe and Gianna.

The intent of the county was to make a resolution without going to trial, but Federal District Judge John F. Walter denied the motion, finding that it is necessary to analyze what happened: “There are genuine issues of material fact for the trial.”

The lawsuit could go to trial in February. The judge did not refer to the specific conflicts of the case, saying that his function is not “to weigh the evidence and determine the truth of the matter, but determine if there is a genuine problem for the trial ”.

For its part, Los Angeles County responded that “Did not cause the loss of Mrs. Bryant and, as promised on the day of the crash, no photos of the scene were released publicly. The county did its job, and hopes to prove it at trial. “

The denanda of Vanessa Bryant

Vanessa reported in 2020 that the county sheriff’s deputies The Angels took pictures of the corpses of her husband and daughter and shared them. At the time, she alleged that she and her family suffered severe emotional distress.

“It is indisputable that the photos reported have never appeared in the media, on the Internet nor have they been publicly disseminated in any other way ”, announced the legal team of the county, or to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Bryant’s widow.

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