Central District of California U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick ruled Vanessa Bryant will not be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation over the emotional trauma caused by leaked photos of the death of Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna. Bryant sued L. A. County and its sheriff’s office last year alleging that county employees “showed off” photos of the deadly crash. Kobe Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, died Jan. 26, 2020, along with seven other people as they traveled to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks, California.
Los Angeles County was demanding that Vanessa Bryant undergo the independent psychiatric evaluation in order to prove it was the leaked photos of the crash causing her emotional distress. The county claimed the distress was caused by the crash and was not due to the photo sharing. Bryant’s attorneys successfully argued the motion was part of the county’s “scorched earth discovery tactics designed to bully Plaintiffs into abandoning their pursuit of accountability.”
Vanessa Bryant and others who lost family in the helicopter crash allege in their complaint that she had expressed concern to the sheriff that the site was unprotected against paparazzi. Bryant claimed she was reassured that law enforcement officers would secure the scene. The county, meanwhile, argued in vain that if the plaintiffs did suffer emotional distress, they cannot “then balk at having to support their claims.”
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