Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters rushed to the scene of the January 2020 accident and took pictures of the remains of the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna.
The trial in Los Angeles recounted how some of those first responders showed the photos to members of the public, including one bartender, and one of the sheriff’s deputies forwarded them to a friend while the two played computer games.
Vanessa Bryant and Chris Chester, whose wife Sarah and daughter Payton were also killed in the helicopter crash, are suing for emotional damages over photos they fear may one day surface online.
After deliberating for just a few hours, the jury decided that Los Angeles County would have to pay $16 million. USD compensation to V. Bryant and 15 million. US dollars – Ch. to Chester.
These amounts are intended as compensation for past and future suffering.
Bryant wept as the verdict was read. She did not speak to waiting reporters after leaving the court.
She later posted a photo on Instagram of herself with her dead husband and daughter with the caption: “All because of you!” I love you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!”
Ch. Chester’s lawyer demanded 1 million each on Tuesday. USD compensation for each future year of the plaintiffs’ life, ie 40 million. US dollars to 40-year-old V. Bryant and 30 million US dollars 48-year-old Ch. to Chester.
“You can’t put too much money into what they went through,” said attorney Jerry Jackson.
Bryant’s attorney, Craig Lavoie, said he is asking for “justice and accountability” for the basketball player, a Los Angeles legend, and his widow.
“We’re here for intentional behavior. The deliberate behavior of those who were charged with protecting the dignity of Sarah and Payton, Kobe and Gianna,” he said.
“The county violated the constitutional rights of Ms. Bryant and Mr. Chester,” Lavoie said, asking jurors to find the county liable for “constitutional violations committed by its employees.”
Mira Hashmall, who represented the district, said in court that although the employees violated the confidentiality policy, V. Bryant and Ch. Chester’s right to privacy was not violated because the photos were never made public.
“This is a photo file, but there are no photos,” she previously told jurors. “There is a simple truth that cannot be ignored – the photos were not publicly distributed.”
After the jury returned the verdict, Ms. Hashmall said she and her colleagues would discuss “next steps” with county officials.
“In the meantime, we hope the Bryant and Chester families continue to heal from their tragic loss,” the statement said.
Relatives of other accident victims were awarded a total of 2.5 million last year due to these photos. dollar compensation.
The jury announced its decision on August 24, the so-called Mamba Day in Los Angeles. During his 20-year professional career, Kobe Bryant wore the number 8 and 24 jerseys.
Bryant, his daughter Gianna and six other passengers were on a private helicopter flight from his Orange County home to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks on Jan. 26, 2020, where the basketball player’s daughter was scheduled to attend a girls’ game.
Accident investigators have determined that the helicopter pilot likely lost orientation when the Sikorsky S-76 he was piloting flew into thick fog.
Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant became an icon of his sport during his two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He became the NBA champion five times. After graduating from high school, K. Bryant’s career as a professional basketball player, which began in 1996, ended in 2016.
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