Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has taken legal action against the Los Angeles County Sheriff, claiming lawmakers shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their daughter age 13 and seven others.
After the January 26 crash, reports revealed graphic photos of the victims were being shared. Vanessa Bryant was devastated by the information, her lawyer said.
The lawsuit seeks damages for negligence, invasion of privacy and willful infliction of emotional distress.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva previously told media that eight MPs took or shared graphic photos of the scene and ordered the images removed. The sheriff said the department has a policy against taking and sharing photos of crime scenes, but this does not apply to accident scenes.
The sheriff’s department did not immediately comment on Tuesday.
Bryant had previously filed a claim, precursor of a lawsuit, in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The complaint was filed Thursday.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has yet to sign a bill that would make it an offense for first responders to take unauthorized photos of people who have died at the scene of an accident or crime. The legislation was motivated by the photos of the accident.