Vanessa Bryant was “absolutely devastated” after deputies shared crash site photos, according to her lawyer.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s widow, was “absolutely devastated” by the report that the sheriff’s deputies posted graphic photos from the crash site.
This, as Gary C. Robb, Vanessa Bryant’s legal counsel, said in his lengthy statement at Vanessa’s Instagram account that Vanessa Bryant personally went to the office of Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department last January 26, requesting that the crash site “be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers.”
Vanessa’s request was “of critical importance” to her as she, according to Robb, desired to protect the dignity of all victims, including her late husband Kobe and her late daughter Gianna. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured them that all measures would be put into place in order to protect the privacy of the victim’s families.
Robb added that it was their understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests from Robb’s client. Vanessa’s attorney also said that sharing photos of the crash site was “an unspeakable violation” of human decency, respect, as well as the privacy right of the victims and their respective families, adding that Vanessa and her lawyers weer requesting a sheriff’s department internal investigation into the allegations.
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CORRECTED: The department at issue is the Los Angeles County Fire Dept (LACoFD) NOT the LAFD KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(repost: BUSINESS WIRE)–Statement From Gary C. Robb, Legal Counsel on Behalf of His Client, Vanessa Bryant: Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site. Mrs. Bryant personally went to the Sheriff’s office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests. First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LACOFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents. Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity. We ask that anyone else who has information as to the facts underlying these alleged grievous and shameful incidents contact our office at 816–474-8080 or email via www.robbrobb.com
A report from the Los Angeles Times said that it was unclear how many people may have seen those graphic photos or whether deputies had captured those images at the crash site or received them from someone.
Meanwhile, an entertainment news website, TMZ.com, reported that the allegations first surfaced after the complaint. Quoting unidentified law enforcement sources, TMZ stated that a trainee sheriff’s deputy at the crash site had taken photos using a smartphone and was subsequently overheard by a bartender showing graphic images to a customer in a bar.
TMZ.com also reported that the bartender then lodged a complaint.
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