The second week of Vanessa Bryant‘s invasion-of-privacy trial in opposition to Los Angeles County kicked off on Monday (Aug. 22), with Kobe Bryant’s widow arriving on the L.A. courtroom along with her daughter, Natalia Bryant. As Vanessa, 40, walked in along with her authorized workforce and entourage, she held her 19-year-old daughter’s hand. The Bryants dressed for the seriousness of the matter, with Natalia carrying all black whereas her mom opted for a white button-up. As the 2 walked in, one of many paparazzi advised her “good luck” in Spanish, and he or she responded with “Gracias,” per Backgrid.
On Friday (Aug. 19), Vanessa testified in regards to the emotional stress and harm she felt when she discovered of the photos taken by first responders of Kobe and 13-year-old Giana Bryant following their deadly 2020 helicopter crash. She testified that she was breastfeeding her then-7-month-old daughter, Capri, when she discovered of a Los Angeles Occasions report about sheriff’s deputies sharing the graphic images with civilians.
“I simply keep in mind not eager to react trigger the ladies have been within the room,” stated a tearful Vanessa. “I stated, ‘I can’t do that.’… And I bolted out of the home, and I ran to the aspect of the home so the ladies couldn’t see me. I wished to run… down the block and simply scream. I can’t escape my physique. I can’t escape what I really feel. … I used to be blindsided once more, devastated, damage. I trusted them. I trusted them to not do this stuff.” Vanessa additionally testified that she’s terrified that these images would leak and seem on-line and that she lives “in worry daily of seeing [them] on social media.”
This present day was the primary time the jury of 5 males and 4 girls heard from Vanessa and LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Bryant accused the county’s sheriff’s and hearth division’s workers of taking unauthorized images of the crash scene and sharing the images of her husband and daughter’s stays with others. Chris Chester, who misplaced his spouse and daughter in the identical crash, joined Vanessa within the lawsuit. Each declare the county violated their constitutional rights to manage the dying photographs of their family members, per USA Today.
Sheriff Villanueva claimed that the images weren’t leaked and that as a substitute of opening a proper investigation into the alleged misconduct – which might invoke union guidelines, require attorneys and contain delays, thus permitting extra time for the images to unfold – his division got here up with a “discount,” per CNN. Deputies concerned within the leak would show that the images have been deleted and get a be aware about their conduct of their efficiency log. “You possibly can’t have the accountability and (additionally) threat the images getting out,” Villanueva testified, per CNN. “And we picked the suitable one.”
The trial has concerned testimony from first responders, together with a deputy who confirmed the crash photographs at a bar, one other deputy who shared the images whereas enjoying a online game, a deputy who despatched dozens of the images to somebody who he didn’t know, and a hearth official who confirmed the photographs to different officers throughout an awards ceremony cocktail hour.