Los Angeles (USA) (EFE).- Vanessa Bryant, widow of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, will receive 28.85 million dollars after reaching an agreement with the Los Angeles County authorities (USA). ) for the trial surrounding the dissemination of photographs of the corpses of the player and his daughter Gigi, US media reported.
Last August, Vanessa Bryant won the lawsuit against Los Angeles County and a jury determined that she would receive 16 million in compensation.
However, there were still legal issues to be resolved after that verdict and finally the Los Angeles County and Vanessa Bryant reached an agreement for a total of 28.85 million.
Bryant family lawyers said last year that the money will go to charity.
“Today marks the successful culmination of Vanessa Bryant’s courageous battle to hold accountable those who engaged in this grotesque conduct,” said Luis Li, the widow’s lawyer, after the agreement with the Los Angeles authorities.
Vanessa Bryant has accused Los Angeles County of releasing photos of the January 26, 2020 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people.
The accusation assured that deputies of the ‘sheriff’ and members of the fire department disseminated and showed these images in their close circles on different occasions, such as, for example, in a bar where they were shown to a waiter.
“I feel devastated, hurt and betrayed by the county employees who leaked the photos,” Vanessa Bryant said during the trial, adding that she has not yet seen those images because she wants to “remember them as they were.”
Vanessa Bryant alleged that the victims’ right to privacy had been violated and “great pain” had been caused to the relatives. In addition, during her testimony, Kobe Bryant’s widow assured that she suffers emotional stress due to “fear” that she or her children will find “horrible images of her loved ones on the internet” in the future.
For its part, the defense argued that the photos have not appeared on the internet in the time elapsed since the accident and that, therefore, there would be no reason to think that something like this could happen now.
In 2021, Vanessa Bryant reached an economic agreement with the helicopter company that she had sued for the accident.
Investigators claimed that the helicopter pilot became disoriented because of the fog and maintained that he did not follow the established piloting protocol when flying in dense cloud cover.
Kobe Bryant is the fourth all-time leading scorer in the NBA (33,643 points) and an eternal myth for the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won five rings displaying a fierce and tireless competitive spirit.