Donating $16 Mil from L.A. County
To Mamba & Mambacita Foundation
8/25/2022 3: 54 PM PT
Bryant and co-plaintiff Chris Chester won their lawsuit against L.A. County over the distribution of photos taken at the helicopter crash scene in Jan. 2020 … with the jury awarding Vanessa the $16 mil, and $15 million to Chris.
Vanessa’s attorney Luis Li tells TMZ, “From the beginning, Vanessa Bryant has sought only accountability, but our legal system does not permit her to force better policies, more training or officer discipline.”
Li’s statement, first posted by the L.A. Times, continues … “Those measures are the responsibility of the sheriff’s and fire departments — responsibilities that Mrs. Bryant’s efforts have exposed as woefully deficient, even giving amnesty to the wrongdoers. Mrs. Bryant was courageous and never faltered, even when the County attempted to force her to submit to an involuntary psychiatric examination. She is deeply grateful to Ralph Mendez and Luella Weireter, the good Samaritans who brought to light the decades old practice of taking and sharing photos of accident and crime victims for no legitimate purpose.”
Li says Vanessa hopes this case will help to change the “callous behavior” of the sheriff and fire departments’ first responders.
She also wants the $16 mil to “shine a light on Kobe and Gigi‘s legacy.”
As we reported, during closing arguments in the trial Chester’s attorney proposed the jury should award Chris $32.5 million, but Vanessa’s team did not suggest a dollar amount during their closing.
Following several days of emotional testimony, and graphic description of the photos in question … the jury only deliberated for a few hours Wednesday before coming back with the verdict and judgements.