News 2022-08-25T00:57:55Z

Live updates in the Kobe Bryant plane crash photos trial: Jury sides with Vanessa Bryant, awarding her $16 million and singling out troublesome practices at the LA County Sheriff's Department

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is suing LA County for emotional distress, alleging that county officials shared graphic photos of the crash site.
News 2022-08-24T23:41:32Z

Jury awards Vanessa Bryant $16 million in lawsuit against Los Angeles County first responders who took and shared graphic photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant's remains

Bryant sued the county after first responders took and shared graphic photos of the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
News 2022-08-24T19:57:28Z

Attorneys in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash trial ask for up to $75 million in damages as case comes to close on late basketball star's birthday

Vanessa Bryant's attorneys will ask jurors to award the plaintiffs between $100,000 to $1million in future annual emotional distress damages.
News 2022-08-22T23:52:34Z

A fire captain went rogue to photograph Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site, a high-ranking fire chief testified

LACFD chief Anthony Marrone said he never ordered his staff to take photos of remains after Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in 2020.
News 2022-08-20T01:04:29Z

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says that only 'god knows' if Kobe Bryant crash photos were permanently deleted from first responders' devices

"The fact that it hasn't popped up on social media means that they did a good job," LA County Sheriff Villanueva said referring to crash photos.
News 2022-08-19T00:51:22Z

He lost his daughter and wife in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. Speaking publicly for the first time, Chris Chester said the grief left him hollow. But the cops’ response filled him with rage.

Chris Chester said that when he learned that the helicopter carrying his college sweetheart and daughter had crashed, he felt a "hollow sadness."
News 2022-08-18T01:43:41Z

LASD phones and drives containing Kobe Bryant crash photos were wiped clean, according to forensic analysis

"They did the opposite" of preserving data, expert David Freskos testified about LASD, adding that "metadata about dissemination was also lost."
News 2022-08-17T00:50:18Z

A high-ranking LA Sheriff's Deputy spoke up after Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered staff to delete Kobe Bryant crash photos, he testified. Weeks later, was transferred and demoted.

LASD Deputy Matthew Vander Horck had concerns that his colleagues took, shared, and deleted Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site photos.
News 2022-08-16T00:55:55Z

A sheriff's deputy held onto Kobe Bryant crash site photos for 4 days and said that he and his colleagues shared photos because 'curiosity got the best of us'

Several key Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies testified on Monday in the fourth day of Vanessa Bryant's trial against LA County for crash site photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant.
News 2022-08-15T22:50:24Z

Former LA County official who took photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash testified that he didn't 'even know' who 13-year-old Gianna Bryant was

Retired LA Fire Captain Brian Jordan was on the defense during his Monday testimony in the Vanessa Bryant trial, abruptly leaving the stand three times.
News 2022-08-13T00:29:29Z

An LA Sheriff's Deputy who photographed Kobe Bryant's body after the 2020 helicopter crash has no regrets over the way the pictures were handled

The deputy told the court on Friday that he had "no regrets" about taking the photos, or airdropping them to a fire captain he met at the scene.
News 2022-08-11T23:57:48Z

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy showed a bartender graphic photos of Kobe Bryant's body. Video evidence showed them laughing afterwards.

A bartender and a 'disgusted' private citizen give a closer look at the night that a cop shared grisly photos of Kobe Bryant's dead body at a bar.
News 2022-08-06T01:15:56Z

Eyewitness who lodged civilian complaint claiming an LA County fire official was flashing Kobe crash photos at awards ceremony will be allowed to testify at Vanessa Bryant trial

The woman claims that she heard a fire captain holding his stomach and saying, "I just saw photos of Kobe all burned up before I'm about to eat."
News 2022-08-05T22:42:37Z

Vanessa Bryant can call law enforcement expert to testify on LASD 'death books' but lost battle to include disciplinary letters sent to those accused of taking photos of Kobe's remains, as trial date inches closer

In March 2020, LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva acknowledged the existence of "death books," saying, "that's a macabre idea, but some do that."
Sports 2022-07-16T00:24:37Z

2 families — including Vanessa Bryant — are suing LA County over helicopter crash site photos taken where Kobe Bryant died. The county thinks the other family would benefit too much from Bryant's celebrity.

The County said in a filing that another family would unfairly benefit from Bryant's celebrity, and that her fame has strengthened her own claims.
News 2022-07-09T00:09:09Z

Judge scolds attorneys ahead of Vanessa Bryant trial for piling on evidence and objections, says it will become a 'never-ending battle'

Vanessa Bryant's now-delayed lawsuit revolves around photos taken at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's helicopter crash site.
News 2022-07-02T00:26:02Z
News 2022-06-29T00:59:11Z

Vanessa Bryant wants the former highest-ranking LASD officer near Kobe helicopter crash site to testify about internal tension following Sheriff's order to delete photos, according to new filings

The LASD doesn't want the officer to testify and said the officer was demoted after the crash due to his mishandling of a sexual assault allegation.
News 2022-06-22T02:39:37Z

LA County wants to exclude a video showing deputy kneeling on an inmate's head in Vanessa Bryant's upcoming trial. The deputy has also been accused of taking photos of the Kobe and Gianna helicopter crash site.

In March 2021, an LA Sheriff's deputy, who is also embroiled in Bryant's lawsuit, was recorded apparently kneeling on a handcuffed inmate's head.
Sports 2022-02-04T03:18:02Z
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