The County of Los Angeles is being sued after sheriff and fire department employees shared photos of Kobe Bryant’s body back in January 2020. His widow, Vanessa Bryant, is expanding the lawsuit according to USA Today.
Her attorneys released new information saying that the sharing of the photos was “more expansive and more egregious than (Bryant) originally understood.” They are asking the court for more time to gather information and to move the discovery cutoff date to February.
“Mrs. Bryant has since learned that the number of LASD and (L.A. County Fire Department) employees who took, shared, and/or possessed improper photos of the accident scene is actually eighteen (and counting) and that sixty-six County employees have relevant knowledge of the misconduct,” said the filing submitted in federal court.
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As of now, four sheriff’s deputies are named in the lawsuit, which was originally filed last year. Vanessa Bryant is seeking punitive damages in an amount appropriate to “punish them and make an example of them to the community.” Several of the first responders involved have been discharged or suspended for sharing the photos.
We expect those who come to help us in our darkest hours to just do that. Instead, the accused people took advantage of a dead family’s celebrity. The linked article goes into much more detail about the allegations.