Vanessa Bryant‘s legal team is speaking out about the horrible allegation that gruesome photographs were taken at the crash site where her husband and daughter, Kobe and Gianna Bryant, were killed along with seven others.
Gary C. Robb, the 37-year-old’s legal counsel, issued a statement on her behalf, which was shared to her Instagram account on Sunday morning.
The statement began:
“Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site.”
Per the lengthy notice, Mrs. Bryant “personally went to the Sheriff’s office” on the day of the tragic accident, to request the crash site be designated as a no-fly zone. We can not even imagine what she was going through. The message reads:
“Mrs. Bryant personally went to the Sheriff’s office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests.”
As you may already be aware, a rumor recently began to spread that photographs were taken of the victims’ bodies at the site by someone as a way to “impress a girl.” No matter the reasoning, this is completely disgusting if true. The legal notecontinued:
“First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LAFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents.”
The announcement wrapped up with contact info for individuals to contact the widow’s legal team should they have any details about the alleged photos:
“Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity.
We ask that anyone else who has information as to the facts underlying these alleged grievous and shameful incidents contact our office at 816–474-8080 or email via www.robbrobb.com”
We’re so sorry you have to go through this unthinkable pain, Vanessa.
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