Kobe Bryant’s widow gained’t must endure psychiatric testing for her lawsuit over graphic pictures of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, her 13-year-old daughter and others, a federal choose dominated Monday.
Los Angeles County sought to compel psychiatric evaluations for Vanessa Bryant and others to find out if they honestly suffered emotional misery over pictures of the crash scene and our bodies that her lawsuit mentioned had been taken and shared by county sheriff’s deputies and firefighters.
U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Charles F. Eick mentioned that the county’s movement to compel an analysis was premature. Bryant’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit is scheduled to start in February.
Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and 7 others had been killed Jan. 26, 2020, when the helicopter they had been aboard, on their technique to a women basketball event, crashed within the hills west of Los Angeles amid foggy climate. Federal security officers blamed pilot error for the wreck.
Bryant’s lawsuit contends first responders, together with firefighters and sheriff’s deputies, shared images of Kobe Bryant’s physique with a bartender and handed round “gratuitous pictures of the useless kids, dad and mom and coaches.”
Bryant, in a deposition, had mentioned that “for the remainder of my life I’m going to must worry that these images of my husband and little one can be leaked.”
The choose final week mentioned the county sheriff and hearth chief should give depositions within the case.
Attorneys for the county had argued that Bryant had by no means seen the pictures they usually weren’t shared publicly and wished to find out whether or not she actually had suffered emotional misery.
They’d sought to require Bryant and different members of the family of the individuals who had been killed within the crash, together with kids, to endure psychiatric evaluations as unbiased medical examinations.