Vanessa Bryant is suing LA County over reports that graphic photos from the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna Bryant and several others were leaked. The case is far from being resolved, but it seems the county has taken significant steps in resolving the other lawsuits thrown at them due to the crash.
According to ESPN, Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $1.25 million each–$2.5 million in total–to two families who lost their loved ones from the said crash. The Altobelli and Mauser families filed federal lawsuits citing they suffered emotional distress after deputies and firefighters from the county allegedly shared photos from the crash without authorization.
Per ESPN: The settlement, if approved by a judge, will pay $1.25 million to Matthew Mauser, whose wife was killed. Another $1.25 million will be shared by J.J. Altobelli and Alexis Altobelli, siblings who lost their mother, father and 14-year-old sister.
While the said lawsuits are heading to settlement, Vanessa Bryant's case over the same issue continues. As reported earlier, LA County request to have the widow of the Lakers legend take an independent psychiatric exam to prove that she indeed suffered from emotional distress.
However, a judge ruled against the request and cited that it's “untimely.” However, LA County could still make the same request at a later time.
The US Magistrate Judge Charles Eick rejected the county’s request for an independent psychiatric exam for Bryant. Eick deemed the request for evaluation as ‘untimely’. The decision was ruled ‘without prejudice’, which means county attorneys could request Bryant to take a psychiatric exam at a later time.
“The motion is untimely unless and until the District Judge modifies the ‘Amended Scheduling and Case Management Order’ in these related cases.”
It remains to be seen how the case from the wife of the Lakers icon will end. LA County has argued that the distress Vanessa has suffered were from the crash itself and not the unauthorized sharing of the crash photos.