Vanessa Bryant is adamantly denying claims made by her mother, Sofia Urbieta, also known as Sofia Laine, that she was denied owed payment for services rendered to the family over a number of years.
Bryant called her mother’s lawsuit an effort to “extort a financial windfall” from the Bryant family in the wake of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths at the beginning of 2020, and subsequently slammed her and her intentions for being solely based in personal gain and without any fact.
In the court documents that were filed through Urbieta’s attorneys and posed to California’s Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday, Dec. 15, per E! News, she alleges that she “has been a long-time personal assistant and nanny” for the Bryant family and that she “was never paid for her services despite promises.”
Bryant adamantly denied these fairly serious allegations raised against her and her late husband, causing her to release a statement disdaining her mother’s claims and providing evidence as to why they are not true.
Slamming Her Mother
“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” she explained in the poignant statement. “I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny. I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time care givers.”
Urbieta offers claims quite to the contrary of Bryant’s, saying she was on constant call helping the family for years.
Taking Responsibility For Their Children Too
Her legal statement went on to make other boisterous claims such as that she “has personally taken care of each of the Bryants’ children and has been on-call 24/7 in the event that the Bryants needed her.”
Beyond that, Urbieta furthered her claims by alleging that due to her contributions to the family overall the couple were able to have more children together. Before Kobe’s death, they shared four children together. Daughter Gianna died with her father in the tragic January helicopter crash that shook the entire family.
Bryant’s Side Of The Story
Bryant concluded the powerful words disdaining her mother’s claims by saying, “For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce. My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home. She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request.”
“In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers,” she went on to attempt to shut down the case against her. “As of 10 years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016. Her claims are obviously false but I still tried, repeatedly, to work things out with my mother.”