Close-up images of Gianna and Kobe Bryant's remains were 'shown off in bars and at an awards gala,' widow's lawyers say in court filing

Weeks before her lawsuit is set to go to trial, lawyers for Vanessa Bryant allege photos of the crash that killed her husband, NBA传奇人物科比·布莱恩特, their daughter, and others were shared widely, 根据法院文件.

Discovery has shown that the close-up photos of Gianna and Kobe’s remains were passed around on at least twenty-eight Sheriff’s Department devices and by at least a dozen firefighters, and shown off in bars and at an awards gala,” says a filing from Bryant’s lawyers filed Thursday. “It has also shown that Defendants engaged in a cover up, destroying the direct forensic evidence of their misconduct and requiring extensive circumstantial evidence to establish the full extent of that misconduct.
Skip Miller, partner of the Barondess Law Firm and outside counsel for the county, had no comment.
      Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed in the crash in Calabasas, 加利福尼亚州, 在一月 2020.
        在九月 2020, Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in federal court seeking undisclosed damages, claiming civil rights violations, 疏忽, emotional distress and violation of privacy.
          The trial is set for February 22 and lawyers estimate it will take about 15 天.
            Lawyers plan to call at least 12 witnesses each and nearly 28 others may be called to testify by either side, according to the filing. In addition to Bryant and the defendants, the witness list includes Sheriff Alex Villanueva, current and former law enforcement personnel, 记者 — and a bartender who saw crash photos and the patron who complained to the sheriff’s department as alleged in the suit.
            Catherine Gasol, Rob and Kristin Pelinka, and Kobe’s sister Sharia Washington are expected to testify regarding Bryant’s emotional distress, though these witnesses are not aware of Bryant seeing any photos published by the media or made available online, according to the document.