“My mom keeps trying to find ways to extort financial windfall from our family,” Bryant wrote in a statement on his Instagram story. “Because I did not give in to her hurtful threats and monetary demands, she lost all control and made false and absurd statements. ”
Sofia Laine, 68, filed a lawsuit for damages in Orange County Superior Court against Bryant and her husband’s estate on Tuesday, alleging that the deceased basketball legend had promised to look after himself financially of his mother-in-law for the rest of his life. and that since her death, Vanessa Bryant has taken “every step” to “cancel and cancel” these promises.
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in southern California on January 26.
According to the complaint, Bryant subsequently sold her mother’s and Mercedes-Benz home, canceled her health insurance and left her alone in an apartment “where she had to cope with the painful deaths of Kobe Bryant and his family. granddaughter alone ”.
Laine also alleges the Brantys did not pay her a salary, which she quoted at $ 96.15 an hour, claiming she worked as her daughter’s personal assistant and nanny for the family.
In his Instagram comments, Bryant disputed many of the allegations in the lawsuit and that after offering to provide “monthly support” to his mother for the rest of his life, Laine demanded $ 5 million, a house and a Mercedes. .
“This lawsuit is frivolous, shameful and unimaginably hurtful,” added Bryant. “My husband never promised my mom anything, and he would be so disappointed with her behavior and lack of empathy.
Laine’s attorneys told BuzzFeed News she planned to issue a response. His 48-page complaint includes 32 causes of action, including intentional and negligent misrepresentation, salary theft and financial abuse of seniors, and seeks an unspecified amount in legal and punitive damages.