December 9, 2021

LA County is Requesting Vanessa Bryant’s Therapy Records in Lawsuit Over Leaked Helicopter Crash Site Photos

In ongoing litigation over stolen pictures of the crash web site the place Kobe Bryant was killed, Los Angeles County attorneys have requested a federal decide to require Kobe Bryant’s widow to submit all remedy data courting again to 2010.

Vanessa Bryant’s remedy data had been requested for the county’s protection in opposition to a lawsuit she filed final yr alleging that county staff “showed off” photographs of the lethal crash that killed her husband, 13-year-old daughter, and 7 others on Jan. 26, 2020.

The county’s movement is asking for “all documents relating to or reflecting counseling, therapy, psychotherapy, psychiatry or any other mental health treatment provided to Vanessa Bryant from Jan. 1, 2010, to the present.”

“The County continues to have nothing but the deepest sympathy for the enormous grief Mrs. Bryant suffered as a result of the tragic helicopter accident,” county legal professional Skip Miller stated in a written assertion. “Our motion for access to her medical records, however, is a standard request in lawsuits where a plaintiff demands millions of dollars for claims of emotional distress. I have an obligation to take this step to defend the County.”

In accordance with Bryant’s lawsuit, first responders, together with firefighters and sheriff’s deputies, shared photographs of Kobe Bryant’s physique with a bartender and distributed “gratuitous photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches.”

The lawsuit states that Vanessa Bryant allegedly suffered “severe emotional distress” because of the stolen pictures, in keeping with the lawsuit, which exacerbated the grief of dropping her husband and their daughter Gianna.

Final month she stated throughout a recorded video convention, “Nothing compares. Nothing’s close to this. I lost my husband and child. That was the worst thing imaginable.”

Vanessa Bryant and others have been ordered to endure psychological evaluations by Los Angeles County to determine whether or not their emotional disturbance was attributable to the pictures fairly than the crash itself. Bryant’s legal professionals declare the examinations are “cruel,” however the county claims they’re “a routine part of the discovery process.”

As a part of her grievance, a decide ordered earlier this month that she wouldn’t be compelled to endure a psychiatric analysis.

The transfer was a part of the county’s “scorched earth discovery tactics designed to bully Plaintiffs into abandoning their pursuit of accountability.”