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Vanessa Bryant Wins Case to Reveal Names of Deputies Who Shared Pics of Kobe's Helicopter Crash

Dayna Remus
Mar 09, 2021
06:55 A.M.

A leak from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station revealed photos to the public of the bodies post-helicopter crash, which took the lives of Vanessa Bryant's husband, Kobe Bryant, and teen daughter Gianna Bryant as well as other civilians.

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A judge ruled that the names of the deputies who posted and shared around 100 photos of the crash which killed Vanessa Bryant's husband, Kobe Bryant will be released to the public. The ruling occurred Monday after a legal battle.

Legal reps of the relevant sheriff's department said that the names should remain private as hackers may try to access the photos as a consequence. The judge disagreed, saying that the reps already claimed that these pictures no longer exist.

Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers smiles after the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles. | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers smiles after the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles. | Photo: Getty Images

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#DOUBLESTANDARD

A month ago, wife to the late Kobe, took to Instagram, calling for the relevant deputies' names to be released, criticizing the Los Angelos Sheriff's Department (LASD) for their alleged censorship. Vanessa wrote the following in her post:

"Anyone else facing allegations would be unprotected, named, and released to the public."

She claimed it was a double standard as the individuals are purportedly only allowed to hide their names because they are part of law enforcement. The public seemed to agree with her Insta share as the post received around 19,000 likes in total.

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Vanessa Bryant calls for the names of deputies who took and shared photos of the helicopter crash which killed late-husband Kobe Bryant to be released. | Source: Instagram/vanessabryant

Vanessa Bryant calls for the names of deputies who took and shared photos of the helicopter crash which killed late-husband Kobe Bryant to be released. | Source: Instagram/vanessabryant

TAKING A STAND

Vanessa's representative, Luis Li, expressed that he was, of course, happy with judge John F. Walter's final ruling. He continued, stating that it was good that the names be released as accountability is rooted in transparency.

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[Vanessa] instantly fell in love with Kobe, claiming love at first sight.

After the helicopter crash, Vanessa called for the relevant names to be released and pushed for Congress to pass a bill centered around helicopter safety. She also claimed against the LASD for releasing the pictures publicly.

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PAINFUL TIMES

In her first public statement following the death of her husband, Vanessa thanked all the fans for the huge amount of support they had shown during the difficult period. In a post on the passing of her husband and daughter, she wrote:

"There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now."

She also expressed her condolences to the other individuals who had lost their loved ones due to the crash. Support flowed in from all corners of the internet with just over 11 million likes on the Instagram share so far.

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It hasn't been all gloom and doom since the death of Kobe and Gianna. Vanessa has also taken some time to reflect on the good times, speaking about how she came to love her late husband.

According to the doting mother, she instantly fell in love with Kobe, claiming love at first sight. The couple got engaged only after half a year of dating.

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Hitched in the year 2001, Kobe and Vanessa conceived and gave birth to four beautiful daughters. Gianna passed away at age 13, where Natalia is 17-years-old, Bianka is 3 and the youngest Capri is only 7-months-old.

The famous couple's relationship hasn't always been perfect with the two almost divorcing in 2011. Two years later they decided to end the proceedings, making the decision to stick together.

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