The widow of Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant was awarded $16 million in her lawsuit against LA County for sharing graphic photos of Kobe Bryant crash site.
Vanessa Bryant has won her lawsuit against Los Angeles County … after a jury of ten decided she has suffered and will continue to suffer severe emotional distress as a result of the death scene photos captured on the cellphones of 8 L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies — photos she fears will someday surface publicly. That fear was the basis of her lawsuit.
The jury awarded Vanessa $16 million. Chris Chester — who lost his daughter and wife in the helicopter crash — was awarded $15 million.
Chester’s attorney, Jerry Jackson, tells TMZ … “Grateful to a jury and judge that gave us a fair trial.”
Vanessa broke down sobbing when the verdict was read. The jury was polled and Vanessa looked at them one by one in approval.
The verdicts were against both the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. and the L.A. County Fire Dept.
Lawyers for the County had argued the photos have never surfaced and they have been deleted from the cellphones in question … so there was no cause for alarm that they might leak.
During closing arguments, the lawyer for Chester asked for up to $32.5 million. Bryant’s attorney did not ask for a specific amount … rather asking the jury to award what’s right.
The trial lasted two weeks and was at times so laden with graphic descriptions, Vanessa criedand periodically left the courtroom.
Wednesday would have been Kobe’s 44th birthday.