On Thursday, a tearful Vanessa Bryant was forced to flee from a federal courtroom in Los Angeles during testimony provided by a former bartender.
In his testimony, the bartender recalled how a sheriff’s deputy trainee showed him photos from the scene of the January 2020 helicopter crash that claimed the lives of her husband, Kobe, and two others. their daughter, Gianna.
Aside from the Bryants, seven others died after their helicopter slammed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif.
The NBA superstar was traveling at the time to a youth basketball game despite foggy conditions sweeping across the area.
Months after the tragedy, Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles county, accusing first responders of improperly snapping photos depicting the mangled helicopter and the remains of several victims, including the NBA superstar.
Victor Gutierrez, a former bartender at Baja California Bar and Grill in Norwalk, took the stand and testified that a deputy trainee, Joey Cruz, asked him if he wanted to see a photo of Bryant’s body days after the deadly crash.
“They were just parts,” Gutierrez said.
“I don’t know if they were men or women,” Gutierrez added.