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Kobe Bryant crash photos: Vanessa awarded $16 m in privacy case

The suit lamented that the first responders took graphic photos of the human remains at the helicopter crash site as "souvenirs" and shared them with others in violation of the plaintiff's privacy and emotional distress. A tearful Vanessa deposed that she suffered panic attacks hearing about the grisly photos and apprehended that they may appear on social media.

LOS ANGELES, Aug 25: Vanessa Bryant, widow of the late American legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant, was awarded $16 million and another plaintiff, Christopher Chester, $15 million in damages by a federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday in a privacy case involving the dissemination of the grisly photos of the player, his daughter and others who were killed in a helicopter crash.

The January 26, 2020 crash had also killed seven others including wife of Chris Chester, a financial adviser, and their daughter, besides Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna.

Vanessa Bryant had filed the lawsuit against the employees of the Sheriff and the fire department, the first responders, for taking photos of the human remains on the crash site on their personal mobiles and sharing them with others without having any legitimate reason to do so. She had suffered panic attacks after hearing about those photos which compounded her still-raw grief even after a month. Vanessa also expressed in her plea that she still has panic attacks at the thought these photos may be shared online on social media too.

The verdict in the 11-day civil trial against Los Angeles County came on August 24, ie 8 and 24, the jersey number the player wore all through his 20-year career with Los Angeles Lakers (National Basketball Association - NBA), the day celebrated in Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant Day. The day also follows after his birthday, August 23.

"All for you! I love you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!" Vanessa Bryant posted on Instagram following the verdict. Vanessa's lawyer announced on Thursday that she would be donating the proceeds from the judgement to Mamba and Mambacita Foundation.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, crashed in the city of Calabasas, California, near Los Angeles, while en route from John Wayne airport to Camarillo airport on January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were going for a basketball game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks along with others when the helicopter crashed.

Kobe and Vanessa were married nearly 20 years ago. They had met when he was 21 and she was 17.

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