LOS ANGELES — In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Kobe Bryant’s widow repeatedly received disturbing images via social media of the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others, according to a transcript of Vanessa Bryant’s deposition in a lawsuit she brought against Los Angeles County.
The images were allegedly leaked by county employees and are the subject of a federal lawsuit filed last year by Vanessa Bryant against the county and several of its agencies.
Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Vanessa Bryant and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress.
Kobe Bryant flew from Orange County to Thousand Oaks in a helicopter with Gianna to her basketball game while Vanessa Bryant stayed home with their two youngest children.
At 11:30 a.m., Vanessa Bryant learned from the family’s assistant that there had been a helicopter crash.
She then sat in a car for nearly two hours to drive from Orange County to Malibu, near the crash site.
According to her deposition, Bryant pleaded with Villanueva to ensure no one would take photographs from the crash.
Please secure the area,’” Bryant said during the deposition.
Last week, the county said it filed a motion for Bryant to undergo an independent psychiatric evaluation to prove the leaked photos of the helicopter crash caused emotional distress
“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 said in her deposition