El condado de Los Ángeles quiere que Vanessa Bryant y otras personas se sometan a un examen psiquiátrico antes del juicio

Los Angeles County wants to compel the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and others involved in a lawsuit over leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed him, their daughter and seven others to take psychiatric exams before the case goes to trial, court filings show.

In a motion filed in court Friday, Los Angeles County argued independent medical examinations are necessary to determine whether the emotional distress suffered by Bryant and others were caused by the leak of the photos or the helicopter crash itself.
Vanessa Bryant’s civil lawsuit against Los Angeles County claims photos of the January 2020 crash were shared by county fire and sheriff’s department employees in settings irrelevant to the investigation, including at a bar. La demanda, filed in federal court in September 2020, seeks undisclosed damages, claiming civil rights violations, negligence, emotional distress and violation of privacy.
      A “central tenetof the county’s defense is thesevere emotional and mental injuries were not caused by any conduct of Defendants, but rather by the tragic helicopter crash and resulting deaths of their loved ones,” the court filing says. The county argues the plaintiffscannot be suffering distress from accident site photos that they have never seen and that were never publicly disseminated.
        The plaintiffs are seekingtens of millions of dollars to compensate them for their alleged mental and emotional injuries,” the county says, and the medical examinations would help evaluate the “existencia, extent and causeof theiralleged harm.
          Attorneys for Vanessa Bryant and the other plaintiffs argued against the examinations, saying acomplaint that merely claims damages for emotional distress does not place a party’s mental condition ‘in controversy.'They added the county should work to evaluate emotional stress byless intrusive means.
          It does not take an expertand it certainly does not take an involuntary eight-hour psychiatric examinationfor a jury to assess the nature and extent of the emotional distress caused by Defendants’ mala conducta,” attorneys for Bryant said.
          The plaintiffsdistressare the feelings that any reasonable person would experience if the public officials entrusted to protect the dignity of their deceased family members snapped graphic photos of their loved ones’ restos, used the photos for cocktail-hour entertainment, and failed to contain and secure the photos.
            A hearing on the matter is slated for November 5, according to Friday’s court filing, and the trial is set to begin in February 2022.
            A principios de este año, family members of those killed in the crash settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the company that owned and operated the helicopter.




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