LA County Is Demanding Vanessa Bryant Undergo Psych Exam. She Is Suing Over Release Of Grisly Accident Photos.

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, Calif. Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Kobe Bryant's widow and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others in 2020, court documents say. Vanessa Bryant, whose federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County alleges invasion of privacy, has claimed in court papers that she has suffered "severe emotional distress" that has compounded the trauma of losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

There’s an interesting subplot going on in Los Angeles in regards to the lawsuit Vanessa Bryant filed against the LA County and LA County Sheriff’s Department over photos taken at the helicopter sight that killed her husband Kobe, and daughter Gianna in January of 2020. 

Vanessa filed the suit back in September,  and accused eight sheriff’s deputies of something pretty grisly –  using their phones to snap pictures of the victims.

The reason Vanessa filed the suit is she felt had been assured the crash site was secure and that no photos would get released.

That didn’t happen, and the deputies allegedly showed off the pictures and Brant filed the lawsuit because of severe emotional distress. 

The County fired back last Friday, and filed a motion that would require Vanessa to go through a psychiatric evaluation in order to prove that it was those photos that caused her the severe distress, and not the actual death of Kobe and Gianna. 

Once word reached Vanessa’s attorneys that that was what the County was going to make her do, they fired back. 

“Apparently, in the county’s estimation, top officials should be shielded from providing any testimony, but the victims should not only withstand the emotional toll of a full-day deposition, but also submit to an eight-hour involuntary psychiatric examination simply because they had the audacity to demand accountability.”

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