Vanessa Bryant is suing the LA County Sheriff over leaked photos, and now, the lawsuit itself has been leaked with the full details...
Vanessa Bryant is suing the L.A. County Sheriff and his department...The star has made some very distressing claims.
Vanessa is saying she is now living in constant fear, for one huge reason...
via: Getty ImagesAnd has been forced to take out this lawsuit.
Now, as you will all be aware, it has been an unbelievably challenging year for the Bryant family.
via: GettyOn January 26th this year, the world was shocked when the news of Kobe Bryant's death hit the headlines.
The NBA legend was traveling with his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a private helicopter...
via: Getty ImagesWhen tragedy struck.
For reasons that are still to be confirmed, Kobe's helicopter suffered some sort of malfunction...
via: GettyCausing it to crash in Southern California.
No one on board the flight survived the crash...
via: GettyKobe and Gianna, alongside Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli and his wife and daughter, died in the aircraft.
It was the most devastating news.
Gianna was set to follow in Kobe's footsteps...
via: TwitterAnd would often accompany Kobe to basketball games. In fact, from childhood, Gianna would participate in the team warm-ups.
The thirteen-year-old was reportedly a true talent...
via: TwitterAnd many thought she was set for an illustrious basketball career.
Heartbreaking footage from the aftermath of the tragedy was quick to circulate online...
.@LACOFD helicopter over the scene . As air ops quickly told me it is a fire not sheriffs chopper hovering and now… https://t.co/I5VE1IaTao— Richard Winton (@Richard Winton)1580066118.0
Tributes poured in for the victims.
via: TwitterKobe was a beloved presence in the celebrity world - and he remains horribly missed today.
As for Vanessa and the girls?
via: GettyWell, they've been trying to get on with their lives as best as they can.
It was an unimaginable loss for the family.
via: GettyVanessa lost both her husband and her daughter, while the girls lost their father and their sister. In the aftermath of the accident, Vanessa wrote on Instagram: "I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong."
Vanessa and the girls have needed the support of their family more than ever before...
via: GettySo, of course, it came as a huge shock this week when Vanessa's mother, Sofia Laine, gave a very public and very revealing interview against her daughter.
Vanessa has always had a close relationship with her mom...And it was believed that Sofia was close to Kobe, who didn't have a great relationship with his own parents.
But, apparently, Sofia and Vanessa have suffered a major fall out...
via: UnivisionResulting in Sofia being kicked out of the shared house. After Kobe's death, a source claimed that Sofia was helping Vanessa and her grandchildren, and had been living in one of the owned Newport Coast properties.
But, for reasons unbeknown to us, Vanessa wants her out.
via: Univision"She told me, 'I need you to get out of this house.' She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,'" Laine cried to interviewer Dave Valadez.
In the interview, Sofia also gave away a number of personal family details...
via: UnivisionIncluding the location of Kobe's remains.
However, regardless of her tears...
You have got to be a special kind of soulless evil to come out so publicly against your daughter. Same daughter who… https://t.co/mi2fyblc3f— AM (@AM)1600747367.0
What kind of woman outs her grieving daughter?
@Saboluv_22 I support Vanessa and the children! Mom will be fine and if she cares about her daughter and grands she… https://t.co/40zpcwI5xw— Anita Wills (@Anita Wills)1600744193.0
Reactions have come pouring in...
And, if matters couldn't get any worse...
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Vanessa is claiming that they caused her severe emotional distress.
via: Getty ImagesShe is alleging that deputies took personal cellphone photos of the bodies of Kobe and Gigi Bryant at the scene of the helicopter crash in January.
As per the lawsuit, no fewer than 8 Sheriff's Deputies were involved at the crash site.
via: Getty Images"No fewer than 8 Sheriff's Deputies at the crash site, pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification."
The lawsuit goes onto allege the photos were the subject of conversation within the Sheriff's department...
via: Getty ImagesWith deputies allegedly showing their colleagues the pictures that had no investigative purpose.
The lawsuit also states how the photos were exposed, claiming a deputy was at a bar, and showed the photos to a woman he was trying to impress.
via: Getty ImagesAs per TMZ, the bartender heard the conversation and called the Sheriff's department.
The suit alleges that Sheriff Villanueva tried to cover it all up.
The lawsuit claims the Sheriff never gave the family straight answers and now Vanessa is in constant fear the photos will be leaked.
via: Getty Images"Ms. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online."
The suit also alleges Villanueva did not tell the families about the photos...
via: Getty ImagesAnd that horrifically, they found out through the media.