While Los Angeles County condemned its employees that shared photos from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others last year, it said Monday that the lawsuit filed by Kobe’s widow is not viable.
against the county officially accusing four Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies of sharing photos of Bryant and the eight others that were killed in January 2020. The county, in an official court filing , condemned the actions of its personnel that shared photos.
The county did wish “its deepest sympathies and condolences” to Vanessa and her family in the filing, but said that the “case is not about that tragedy. It is about accident site photographs.”
Vanessa Bryant names officers in lawsuit
that allegedly took and shared the graphic photos from the helicopter crash — which killed Kobe, their daughter Gianna and seven others — on Instagram in march and detailed some disturbing allegations about what those deputies did with the photos.
According to the lawsuit, and “boasted” about them to a bartender two days after the crash. That bartender then allegedly approached another table of guests and told them what happened — something one of those customers described as “very, very disturbing” and led them to file a complaint with the Sheriff’s department immediately after leaving the restaurant.
Cruz also allegedly showed the photos to his niece, another bar patron and allegedly made “a crude remark about the state of the victims’ remains” while doing so.
Despite her allegations, though, Los Angeles County said in the court filing that because the photos weren’t posted online or given to a media outlet that Vanessa’s lawsuit isn’t valid. The county said that “showing an accident site photograph to one member of the public cannot constitute an invasion of Plaintiff’s privacy” under California law.
, Vanessa and her attorney plan to conduct “more than forty depositions, forensic examinations of electronic devices and cloud-based storage accounts in the possession of Defendants and third parties, and expert reports and depositions.” They have also served demands to inspect the officers’ phones and cloud storage.
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