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Vanessa Bryant Awarded $16 Million in Kobe Photograph Trial


UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 15: Enshrinee Vanessa Bryant addresses the guests during the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on May 15, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Vanessa Bryant was awarded $16 million in damages in her lawsuit in opposition to Los Angeles County in a verdict introduced on Aug. 24, per the Los Angeles Instances. Her coplaintiff, Christopher Chester, was additionally awarded $15 million.

Vanessa and Chester had sued the county for emotional misery and psychological anguish, alleging that emergency personnel shared graphic photographs from the helicopter crash that killed Vanessa’s late husband, Kobe Bryant, and the couple’s daughter Gianna, in addition to Chester’s late spouse, Sarah, and their 13-year-old daughter, Payton. The jury discovered that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division and Hearth Division officers had shared the pictures of Vanessa and Chester’s deceased family members instantly following the crash in conditions together with a cocktail hour and at a bar.

Final week, Vanessa took the stand for the primary time within the case and opened up about when she initially realized of the pictures being shared with unauthorized folks. ” . . . I broke down and cried and I simply wished to run down the block and scream,” she testified, based on Folks. “I am unable to escape my physique. I am unable to escape what I really feel.”

Vanessa celebrated the victory on Instagram, sharing a photograph of herself with Kobe and Gigi. “All for you! I really like you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi! #Betonyourself #MambaDay 8•24•22,” she wrote. The day of the decision had beforehand been named Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles to mark the previous Los Angeles Laker’s two jersey numbers throughout his NBA profession: eight and 24.



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