The battle between Vanessa Bryant and the Los Angeles County continues, and things are getting ugly for the widow of the late Kobe Bryant.
As you might recall, Vanessa sued the L. A. County Sheriff, and its department, for sharing photos from the gruesome helicopter crash site where she lost her husband and daughter, Gianna Bryant.
Vanessa filed the lawsuit back in September, but the legal battle has now taken another shocking turn.
Vanessa Bryant To Submit Therapy Records
Per the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa has been required by a judge to submit medical records to support her claim of emotional distress.
In the original lawsuit, the mother-of-four accused L.A. County of causing her severe emotional distress after distributing photos of her husband and daughter’s remains.
Now, the court wants her to turn over her therapy records to prove that the leaked photos, and not the actual crash, caused the emotional turmoil.
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Charles Eick granted the request, giving the county lawyers permission to review Vanessa’s therapy sessions transcripts.
“Plaintiff has waived her psychotherapist-patient privilege by placing into controversy the reportedly extraordinary, continuing emotional distress allegedly resulting from Defendants’ photograph-related. actions or inactions”
However, Eick limited the request to only cover therapy records from 2017, denying the defendants their initial wish to review documents from 2010.
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He ruled that the medical records were relevant to the lawsuit, and this wasn’t a case of the court “being abusive or harassing.” Vanessa is expected to submit her records before or on November 29.
Vanessa Was Meant To Undergo Psych Evaluation
As The Blast previously covered, last month, L.A. County filed a motion for the 39-year-old to undergo a psychological evaluation in a bid to “evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs’ alleged emotional injuries.”
The county’s attorney claimed it was impossible for Vanessa to be emotionally distressed by the photos, as they were never leaked or shared publicly.
At the time, Vanessa’s lawyers fought back, accusing the sheriff’s department of trying to bully Vanessa into abandoning her pursuit of accountability. Finally, however, Eick denied their motion to make the NBA legend’s wife undergo a mental evaluation.
In the original lawsuit, Vanessa alleged that no less than eight sheriff’s deputies took photos of the crash site and the victims’ remains for “personal gratification.” She sued them for invasion of privacy and requested millions of dollars in damages.
Vanessa’s Emotional Testimony
In a recent deposition that took place in late October, Vanessa emotionally recalled how she found out Kobe and Gianna had passed through social media.
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She shared that she was initially told that five people had survived the helicopter crash, but soon began seeing notifications on her phone that read, “RIP Kobe.”
Vanessa, who said her life would never remain the same without her husband and daughter, revealed to the court that she kept their clothes on the day of the horrific incident.
Detailing how the clothes were symbolic of how gruesome the crash was, Vanessa said,
“And if their clothes represent the condition of their bodies, I cannot imagine how someone could be so callous and have no regard for them or our friends, and just share the images as if they were animals on a street.”