Vanessa Bryant Promises Legal Action Against People Who Leaked Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Photos
Vanessa Bryant‘s legal team released a statement calling for “the harshest possible discipline” to those who reportedly leaked gruesome photos from the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old Gianna Bryant and seven others.
“Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site,” the statement read.
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CORRECTED: The department at issue is the Los Angeles County Fire Dept (LACoFD) NOT the LAFD KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(repost: BUSINESS WIRE)–Statement From Gary C. Robb, Legal Counsel on Behalf of His Client, Vanessa Bryant: Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site. Mrs. Bryant personally went to the Sheriff’s office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests. First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LACOFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents. Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity. We ask that anyone else who has information as to the facts underlying these alleged grievous and shameful incidents contact our office at 816–474-8080 or email via www.robbrobb.com
In the days after the crash, a bartender reported hearing a sheriff’s deputy trainee boasting to a woman about the photos he took of the crash on his phone, according to a report Thursday by the Los Angeles Times. The bartender then submitted a formal complaint to the department online. The Times also reported other instances where deputies talked about the pictures they took from the crash.
The sheriff’s department reportedly told deputies with photos that if they came forward with the pictures they took and deleted them that they wouldn’t face any discipline. A complaint, like the one the bartender raised, would have normally triggered a formal inquiry.
The sheriff’s department released this statement on Facebook on Friday after the Los Angeles Times story was published:
The Sheriff’s Department is aware of recent media reports alleging deputies shared images from the January 26th, 2020…
Vanessa Bryant reportedly went to the police department the day of the crash to ask them to designate the area a no-fly zone and take steps to protect the crash site from photographers, according to her attorney Gary C. Robb.