Vanessa Bryant Files a Complaint to Name Deputies Responsible for Taking Photos of the Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant and Eight Others
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Vanessa Bryant wants to publicly name the four Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who reportedly shared “unauthorized” photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter and several others last year.
The helicopter carrying her husband Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others, crashed and killed all of the passengers on Jan. 26, 2020.
Vanessa Bryant’s lawyers claim that the crash site’s shared photos were “unauthorized” upon release.
Allegedly, the deputies shared the crash site photos with others that were not a part of the law enforcement investigation.
Bryant posted to her Instagram on Feb. 27, saying that the deputies need to be held accountable.
According to the Los Angeles Times, county lawyers want to keep the deputies’ names private due to the risk of making it easier for people to discover personal information like home addresses and phone numbers.
“Not sealing the Deputy Defendants’ names increases the risk that hackers will seek out and try to gain access to the individual deputies’ devices to locate any photographs and publish them to the public,” county lawyers said. “Plaintiff should want to [seal] for this same reason.”
However, Bryant’s lawyers recently filed an amended complaint to the federal court.
She added the four Los Angeles deputies and L.A. County Fire Department to her civil rights lawsuit against the county and Sheriff’s Department.
The lawsuit outlines damages for negligence and an invasion of privacy because of the deputies and firefighters taking and spreading photos of the crash victims.
According to the amended complaint, two of the leaked photos showed a girl’s body as well as Kobe Bryant’s.
Bryant’s lawyers are arguing that there is no reason to hide the deputies’ names.