Vanessa Bryant Speaks Out After $16 Mil Victory Against L.A. County
Vanessa Bryant is giving backto honorthe legacy of her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Giannafollowing her legal victory againstLos Angeles County on the sharing of photos taken at the helicopter crash site where they died.
The late NBA icon’s wife plans to donate arises from the $16 million judgement she won this weektothe nonprofit Mamba and Mambacita Sports foundation, her attorney told the LA Times Aug. 25. The charityoffers sports education to underserved athletes. The group was originally named the Mamba Sports Foundation after Kobe’s nickname Black Mamba and was renamed following the crash to honor both LA Lakers legend and Gianna.
E! News has already reached out to Vanessa’s attorney and contains not heard back.
In 2020, four months after Kobe, Gianna, 13,and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed right into a hillin Calabasas, Calif., Vanessasued LA County, alleging invasion of privacy andemotional distress, claiming first responders took and shared unauthorized photos of the human remains at the crash site in unofficial settings.
On Aug. 24, a jury ruled in her favor unanimously, awarding her $16 million and awarding $15 million to co-plaintiffChris Chester, whose wife Sarahand daughter Payton, 13,were the type of killedin the crash.
Vanessa plans to donate from her proceeds to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports foundation in an effort to “to shine a light on Kobe and Gigi’s legacy,” he attorney told theLA Times in a statement, withoutspecifying the precise amount of cash thegroup would receive.
Vanessa, also a mom to daughtersNatalia Bryant, 19,Bianka, 5, andCapri, 3, had testified through the 11-day trial. Following the verdict was read, she wept in court and later exchanged a hugwith Chris. She later shared an Instagram photo of herself with Kobe and Gianna, writing, “All for you personally! I really like you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!”
Also following verdict, L.A. County attorney Mira Hashmallsaid in a statement, “We have been grateful for the jury’s effort in this instance. While we disagree with the jury’s findings regarding the County’s liability, we believe the monetary award implies that jurors didn’t believe the data supported the Plaintiffs’ request of $75 million for emotional distress.”
The statement said theywilldiscuss next steps withtheir client, adding, “Meanwhile, hopefully the Bryant and Chester families continue steadily to heal from their tragic loss.”
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