Vanessa Bryant is finally getting answers. It has been a year since the traumatic day Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and 7 others lost their lives in a sudden and horrific helicopter crash. Now Vanessa and the other family members are learning the truth.
Vanessa Bryant Wins Big Case For Leaked Graphic Crash Photos
According to ESPN Vanessa filed a case against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after their own staff took photos of the charred remains on their cell phones and distributed them around the city that eventually made their way to the media.
First it was reported by TMZ that a trainee for the Sheriff's Department showed off photos of the gruesome crash site and bodies to a girl at a bar. A bartender overheard and filed a complaint to the Sheriff's Department where it was discovered that unauthorized cell phone images were passed around to local first responders.
The Sheriff's Department reached out to all the victims of the families weeks after learning about the leak to say "The matter is being looked into."
After a long wait for information and little to no answers, Vanessa filed a suit against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and according to ESPN, a judge has just ruled that Vanessa can obtain names. Specifically, the names of the deputies who directly took the photos on site.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Judge John F. Walter wrote, "Although the Court recognizes that this case has been the subject of public scrutiny and media attention and that the Deputy Defendants are legitimately concerned that they will encounter vitriol and social media attacks, such concerns, by themselves, are not sufficient to outweigh the public’s strong interest in access."
The county can appeal.