Late Kobe Bryant‘s widow Vanessa Bryant continues her fight against Los Angeles County for leaking and distributing graphic photos of the helicopter crash site where she lost her husband and her daughter Gianna
The trial for Vanessa’s invasion of privacy lawsuit kickstarted on Wednesday with testimonies from several parties, including deputies of LA County, medical examiners, and Bryant’s loved ones.
On day 2 of the ongoing trial, which Vanessa missed, gruesome details of the legendary basketballer’s final moments were revealed as well as some cogent information pertaining to the case.
New Details About Kobe Bryant Crash Site
According to The New York Post, a reserve deputy with the LA County Sheriff Department, David Katz, gave his testimony of how the day played out as he was one of the first people on the scene.
Katz remembered seeing body parts scattered all over the site of the wreck when he arrived on the scene. “At one point, I was standing over two bodies,” he recalled to the jury, noting that the larger body belonged to the iconic athlete.
He continued, “[There were] body parts, spread limbs, pieces of flesh hanging from trees, bushes… that were mixed with various helicopter parts. And blood in various places.”
He revealed that Kobe’s charred body was found 10 feet from the helicopter’s main body and was contorted beyond recognition. Vanessa’s late daughter Gianna was found near a ravine alongside two of the seven other victims.
The Captain of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, Emily Taucher, also took the stand and during her testimony disclosed that the former Lakers player’s “hand was amputated traumatically.”
Taucher, who noted that Kobe could only be identified via fingerprint, said he suffered multiple head and neck injuries, and his right arm was severed from his body.
LA County Officials Admits Photos Were Taken
Katz during his testimony revealed that before he arrived on the scene, he got a radio message from a supervisor ordering him not to take any photos of the accident. He was part of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team deployed to the crash site.
However, a few minutes after arriving on the scene, his colleague Deputy Douglas Johnson told him that he had canvassed the scene of the crash and “already taken over 100 photos” of the remains.
Katz told Deputy Douglas about the initial instruction her received not to take any photos of the bodies, but Douglas insisted he was ordered to take images by someone at a nearby command post.
When asked what policies the Sheriff’s Department had in place for incidents involving taken pictures, Katz said he couldn’t remember receiving any training on what to do in such a case.
Per reports, Kobe’s widow wasn’t present in the courtroom for the officials’ testimonies because she left earlier due to the emotional pain of hearing witnesses describe her husband and daughter’s bodies.
Vanessa Bryant Left The Courtroom In Tears
Per Rolling Stone, during bartender Victor Gutierrez’s deposition, Vanessa fled the courtroom. Gutierrez is a bartender at a Mexican restaurant in Norwalk, California, who saw pictures of Kobe and Gianna’s remains on the phone off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Joey Cruz, a regular customer.
During his deposition, where Guiterrez tried to recall in detail the photos he saw and if they were indeed that of the late father and daughter, he answered, saying, “I wouldn’t be able to really say because it was just parts.”
When asked about the late Gianna and if he saw pictures of the remains that “appeared to be a girl,” Guiterrez repeated his above answer. At the reference to her late daughter as “just parts” Vanessa got visibly emotional and one of her attorneys sought permission from the judge for her to be excused.
As we reported, months after losing her husband and daughter, Vanessa filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against LA County for unauthorized pictures taken and distributed by their officials.
She alleged that the news of the photos left her with severe emotional distress and mental anguish, and as a result, she is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.