The lawsuit, filed against LA County in federal court in September 2020, seeks undisclosed damages, citing civil rights violations, neglect, emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
But according to court documents filed Monday, trial judge Charles F. Eick dismissed Los Angeles County’s Oct. 15 request on the grounds that a psychiatric assessment would be “inappropriate.”
The trial is scheduled to begin in February 2022.
According to court documents, LA County argued that a “central principle” of its defense would be that “serious emotional and mental injury was not caused by the defendants’ behavior, but rather by the tragic helicopter crash and death of loved ones. those. »
The county argued that the plaintiffs “cannot suffer the distress of the photos of the crash site which they have never seen and which have never been released publicly.” The county argued that the medical examinations would help assess the “existence, extent and cause” of the plaintiffs’ “alleged harm”.
Arguing against the reviews, attorneys for Bryant and the other plaintiffs said that a “complaint that simply seeks damages for emotional distress does not place a party’s mental state” in controversy. ” ways. “
Earlier this year, family members of those killed in the crash settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the company that owned and operated the helicopter.
CNN’s Amanda Watts and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.