The Los Angeles Times first reported on Friday that L.A. County sheriff's deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in January. Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant has now responded to these reports via her lawyers.
Vanessa Bryant is "absolutely devastated"
"Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site," Vanessa's lawyer said in a statement on Sunday.
The statement continues: "First responders should be trustworthy. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families.
The L.A. Sheriff's Department has reacted to the allegations as well: "The Sheriff is deeply disturbed at the thought deputies could allegedly engage in such an insensitive act," a statement by the LASD read.
"A thorough investigation will be conducted by the Department, with the number one priority of protecting the dignity and privacy of the victims and their families." We will keep you updated on this developing story!