March 2, 2020
Vanessa Bryant is “devastated” over a report that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared graphic photos from the crash scene that killed Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and seven others, her lawyer said in a statement.
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, responded through her attorney to reports that photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband were taken and shared by Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials.
The statement says Bryant is “absolutely devastated by allegations” that photos were taken of the site of the crash, which also killed her 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven other people.
“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,” the statement from lawyer Gary C. Robb reads.
Two public safety sources with knowledge of the events told the Los Angeles Times that the sharing of the photos, which included the crash scene and images of the victims’ remains, was a topic among first responders in the days after the crash.