The widowed wife of NBA superstar guard Kobe Bryant has filed a six-page comment blocking the move to dismiss her invasion of privacy civil suit against the first responders who shared grisly photos of Kobe’s helicopter crash.
Bryant said because of what the first responders did she now lives ‘in fear’ of Kobe crash pictures going viral.
The Los Angeles court already set the trial of her case in February.
In filing the suit, Bryant said the heartless first responders who shared grisly photos of Kobe’s helicopter crash caused her deep emotional distress.
In the deposition she submitted in connection to her emotional distress lawsuit, Vanessa Bryant said she was heartbroken when she learned that some first responders shared gristly photos of her dead husband and their daughter Gianna, 13.
Bryant said instead of protecting the site in making sure no one can take pictures of the deadly crash, the first responders were the ones who took pictures and share them with their family and friends.
“Emotional distress means that not only do I have to grieve the loss of my husband and child, but for the rest of my life I’m going to have to fear that these photographs of my husband and child will be leaked,” Bryant said in her deposition.
“The impact of the helicopter crash was so damaging, I just don’t understand how someone can have no regard for life and compassion, and, instead, choose to take that opportunity to photograph lifeless and helpless individuals for their own sick amusement,” Bryant added.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva earlier said as many as eight deputies had snapped, seen, or shared the images.
The lawsuit also states that one deputy took up to 100 pictures on his phone, and another showed them off at a bar in suburban LA.