Vanessa Bryant was devastated in January after legendary Los Angeles Lakers and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine who lost their lives when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
It later emerged that photos taken at the scene of the death had been shared with members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles County fire departments, prompting officials to formally apologize families and to make a vow to make sure that the shots were suppressed – even if it was not clear who broke the footage.
Now, Vanessa has filed a lawsuit for “inexcusable and deplorable” behavior, claiming damages for emotional distress and mental anguish, according to court documents obtained by People.com.
In the documents, she expresses concern that her three daughters, Natalia, Bianka or Capri, may encounter images online in the future.
“This (filing) is only to enforce responsibility, protect victims and ensure that no one will ever face this behavior in the future,” said a spokesman for the Bryant family in a statement. .
“When a family suffers the loss of a loved one, they have the right to expect that they will be treated with dignity and respect. The deputies in this case betrayed this sacred trust. The purpose of this claim is to hold the sheriff’s department accountable and to prevent future misconduct. “
This is not the first lawsuit by Vanessa for the tragic loss of Kobe – she is also suing officials of the helicopter company for wrongful death.