LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to undergo a psychiatric examination to prove she suffered distress due to Kobe Bryant Crash Pics | MCU Times

LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to undergo a psychiatric examination to prove she suffered distress due to Kobe Bryant Crash Pics

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles County seeks to force psychiatric evaluations on Kobe Bryant’s widow and others to determine if they really suffered emotional distress after the first respondents took and shared graphic images from the scene of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others, court documents state.

Vanessa Bryant, whose federal lawsuit against the county alleges invasion of privacy, has in court papers claimed she has experienced “serious emotional distress” that has exacerbated the trauma of losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Kobe Bryant and the others were killed on January 26, 2020, when the helicopter they were on board on their way to a girls’ basketball tournament crashed into the hills west of Los Angeles during foggy weather. Federal security officials blamed pilot failures for the wreck.

Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit alleges that first aiders, including firefighters and the sheriff’s deputies, shared photographs of Kobe Bryant’s body with a bartender and passed on “free photos of the dead children, parents and coaches.” The Los Angeles Times first reported that a sheriff’s internal investigation found deputies shared photos of the victims’ remains.

FILE - In this January 27, 2020, file photo, investigators are working on the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California.  Los Angeles County seeks to force psychiatric evaluations on Kobe Bryant's widow and others to determine if they really suffered emotional distress after the first respondents took and shared graphic photos from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others in 2020, it reads in court documents.  Vanessa Bryant, whose federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County alleges invasion of privacy, has in court papers claimed she has suffered "severe emotional disorder" who has exacerbated the trauma of losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.  (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill, File)

Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California. Los Angeles County seeks to force psychiatric evaluations on Kobe Bryant’s widow and others to determine if they really suffered emotional distress after the first respondents took and shared graphic images from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others in 2020, legal documents state. Vanessa Bryant, whose federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County alleges invasion of privacy, has in court papers claimed she has suffered “serious emotional distress” that has exacerbated the trauma of losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill, File)

None of the first respondents were directly involved in the investigation of the accident or had a legitimate purpose in taking or passing the gruesome photos, the case claims. Govin Newsom last year approved legislation due to the helicopter crash that makes it a crime for first aiders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime.

“Miss Bryant feels sick at the thought of strangers looking at pictures of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that one day she or her children will confront horrific pictures of their loved ones online,” it reads. legal documents.

Lawyers in Los Angeles County want the court to order Bryant and other family members of the people killed in the crash, including children, to undergo psychiatric evaluations as independent medical examinations. The lawyers suggest that the evaluations be recorded audio and video and last eight hours for adults and four to six hours for children.

The county claims that although the families “undoubtedly suffered severe distress and trauma from the crash and consequent loss of loved ones, their distress was not caused by (the first respondents) or photos of accident sites that were never communicated in public.

LA County attorneys wrote in court papers that such psychiatric examinations are “necessary to assess the nature and extent” of the family’s alleged injuries.

Kobe Bryant

(AP Photo / Chris Carlson)

Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys said in cases filed Friday that the county is using “discovered land-burning tactics” designed to bully her and family members of other victims into “abandoning their pursuit of responsibility.”

Los Angeles County attorneys said in a statement Monday to the Associated Press that the county has “great sympathy” for Bryant’s loss.

“It’s awful, the worst one can imagine,” they said in the statement. “But she sued the county for something that did not happen. There is no publication of photos at the crash site, no. So we see this case as a money grab and do what is necessary to defend our client. ”

Lawyers for Bryant immediately declined to comment Monday afternoon.

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