Wife of Late Kobe Bryant Files Suit Against Deputies Who Shared Photos of Husbands Remains

By Keith Allison - Flickr: Kobe Bryant, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37278765

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, is now filing a lawsuit against LA county sheriff’s deputies after they allegedly shared images of the body of her husband with strangers after his death.

Kobe Bryant died in helicopter crash in 2020.

As The New York Post reports:

Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, filed an amended lawsuit Wednesday that reveals the names of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who allegedly shared graphic images of the helicopter crash site where her husband, daughter and seven others died last year.

In a series of Instagram posts, Bryant shared several pages of the federal lawsuit she has filed against LA County, the LA County Fire Department, the sheriff’s department and four deputies: Joey Cruz, Rafael Mejia, Michael Russell and Raul Versales…

Bryant’s suit accuses deputies of sharing photos of the Jan. 26, 2020, crash site in Calabasas, including images of her husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s bodies.

“According to the Sheriff’s Department’s subsequent investigatory report,
one deputy in particular took between 25 and 100 photos of the crash scene on his
personal cell phone, many of which had no conceivable investigatory purpose and
were focused directly on the victims’ remains,” the court documents state.

 

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George Lukens
George Lukens
29 days ago

Hang them out to dry. Scumbags.

Ana
Ana
29 days ago

Survivors have enough to deal with and these pics on top of that ? Horrific.

Jo Ann Pullins
29 days ago
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Everybody has the right of not having there remains photograph and shown to the world as this is an insult to them and there family. These police officers and others need to be held accountable for there actions.

marteremal
marteremal
29 days ago

how much money you need? greedy ho

deerflyguy
deerflyguy
29 days ago

It might not be nice, but is what they did illegal? I can remember when tabloids like the National Enquirer regularly posted some of the most outrageous photos on their front page! Can still remember seeing Jayne Mansfields hair caught in the rubble of the auto in which she perished while she laid there scalped and dead. Is there some law regarding first responders and what they can or can’t do?

Craig Murphy
Craig Murphy
29 days ago

It was a horrible accident that occurred in public. Sharing these photos may violate official policies of the sheriff’s department, but I don’t see how this would be actionable. There was no expectation of privacy. If the photographs had been published by a newspaper, it may have been pandering to the prurient and morbid, but there would be no cause of action.

Anti communism
Anti communism
29 days ago

But it’s ok to do a perp walk of a person before they are even convicted of a crime tainting the jury pool prior to trial. What happened to your are innocent until they are convicted

Viet Vet
Viet Vet
29 days ago

Looking for a pay day/

RichiePhx
RichiePhx
29 days ago

Oh please, it’s newsworthy. What’s next, a call for racism? Get real already

john
john
29 days ago

I am in law enforcement and this is not defendable. They need to be held accountable for their flagrant disregard for personal privacy no matter who the victim is in any given accident or scene.

Jane Stacy
29 days ago

wrong in so many ways

Janice E. Prescott
Janice E. Prescott
29 days ago

Thank God not all cops are like this scum of the earth. So sorry for Mrs. Bryant and her family.

Camille
29 days ago

To do this to the family is awful and you should pay for the rest of your life. No one else needs to see pictures of that. His wife and other children should NOT have been put through this torment.

Original Anna
Original Anna
27 days ago

Isn’t there something about doing something to the dead or the body. I think there might be a law but I never saw any pictures of the bodies so were they released or not. If the police kept them in their personal phone and never exposed them or released them there may not be a lawsuit but rich people sue all the time when stuff is released that should be private if it does not involve a crime. Maybe this is considered a crime.