According to the complaint Vanessa Bryant filed in Los Angeles the year before, the deputies are thought to have taken pictures of the dead kids and their parents and teachers. Kobe Bryant’s wife sued the Sheriff of the LAPD after horrifying pictures showed the bodies of Kobe Bryant and the other eight people who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
According to the complaint, which TMZ has a copy of, “no less than 8 sheriff’s officers at the accident scene took out their personal cell phones and took pictures of the dead children, parents, and coaches.”
Now that they’ve been hit with a counterattack, Los Angeles County has filed new court documents asking for Vanessa to be checked out by a psychiatrist to see if she’s been as troubled as she says she has been. USA Today reported that the documents say, “Plaintiffs refuse to submit to impartial medical evaluations, even though their mental health is at the centre of this lawsuit” (IMEs). “The County files this motion to require IMEs of the Plaintiffs, which are necessary to figure out if, how bad, and what kind of emotional injuries the Plaintiffs say they have. This evaluation needs to look at the IMEs of the plaintiffs.”
“Plaintiffs can’t say they’re constantly depressed, anxious, and in a lot of mental pain, but then refuse to show proof,”
The case in court
Vanessa’s lawyers have said that the request is wrong and that the county is trying to force the exams on everyone else in the family, including “four teens, a 10-year-old kid, and a kindergartener” who is only five years old.
“The County has resorted to scorched-earth discovery techniques to force Plaintiffs to give up their pursuit of accountability,” the lawyers wrote in their response documents. Vanessa’s first complaint against the Sheriff’s department says that the accident photos caused a debate inside the Sheriff’s office because officers let their coworkers look at them even though they had nothing to do with the investigation.
According to the complaint, a deputy took pictures of the accident scene and showed them to a woman in a pub as a way to try to impress her. At that point, a bartender heard what was being said and decided to call the police by telling the Sheriff’s office what they had heard.In the lawsuit Vanessa filed, she says that the Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, tried to cover up the wrongdoing by going to the department substation that responded to the crash and telling the deputies that they would not get in trouble if they deleted the photos. Vanessa filed a lawsuit, which has all of her claims in it.
The complaint made
According to the complaint, Villanueva didn’t tell the victims’ families about the photos. Instead, their families heard about what happened through the news after the story broke. According to the lawsuit, the Sheriff never gave the family any clear answers. Because of this, Vanessa lives in constant fear that the traumatic photos will be shown to the public.