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Kobe Bryant lawsuit deposition reveals chilling details of crash’s immediate aftermath

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Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, was recently at the center of a deposition for her lawsuit against the Los Angeles County over leaked photographs of Kobe’s crash site. For the first time, Vanessa revealed the chilling details of how she first learned of the tragic incident.

In an article published by Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports, the writer provides a summary of Vanessa’s statement from the deposition (h/t Los Angeles Times):

Vanessa was at home with their two youngest daughters when a family assistant knocked on her door around 11:30 a.m. That assistant said that Kobe and Gianna had been in a helicopter accident, but that five people had survived.

Initially, Vanessa thought that Kobe and Gianna were alive and helping other victims. She tried to call him, though, and started seeing notifications of Kobe’s death appear on her phone.

Vanessa then scrambled to try and get to the crash site, per the report. She initially went to an airport to take a helicopter, but officials wouldn’t take her due to the weather. She ended up riding with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to the Malibu sheriff’s station.

There, she said, “no one would answer” her questions about Kobe and Gianna. Eventually, she said a pastor, publicist and Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva entered the room — which is when Villanueva finally confirmed that Kobe and Gianna were among those killed.

There are no words to describe this dramatic turn of events. One can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions Vanessa must have gone through during that traumatic ordeal. Times like these just make us realize how much we all miss Kobe Bryant.

Vanessa is suing Los Angeles County for the distress they caused when County employees leaked photos of the crash site. The case is expected to make significant developments in the coming weeks with several depositions scheduled to take place.