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Vanessa Bryant Wins Ruling Ordering L.A. Officials To Testify About Kobe Crash Photos

Kobe, daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Vanessa Bryant has reportedly won a big ruling in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Wednesday (Oct. 27) when a judge ruled that County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Fire Chief Daryl Osby could be forced to answer questions under oath about photos taken from the sight of the helicopter crash that killed her husband Kobe and their daughter Gianna in January 2020.

According to CBS News, Bryant sued Los Angeles County for invasion of privacy and negligence by alleging that sheriff’s and fire department employees inappropriately shared photographs of human remains from the scene of the crash.

The county argued that government agency heads are not normally subject to depositions of this nature, but will ultimately comply with the ruling.

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"While we disagree with the court's decision, we will make both the Sheriff and Fire Chief available for deposition," Skip Miller, an attorney representing the county, said in a statement to USA Today. "Their testimony will not change the fact that there is no evidence any photos taken by County first responders have ever been publicly disseminated."

Bryant says she was informed of her husband’s death through social media notifications in an October 12 deposition.

"I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back, and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying 'RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe,'" Bryant said according to CNN.

The case is set for a February, 2020 trial. Vanessa Bryant is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. In June, she reached a settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit against those she blamed for the crash.

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