LOS ANGELES –
A judge has ruled that Kobe Bryant’s widow must turn over her therapy records to Los Angeles County in her lawsuit claiming she suffered mental distress after first responders photographed her. and share graphic shots from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenager. daughter and seven others.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Eick approved a request for district attorneys to review Vanessa Bryant’s records, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. But the judge limited the documents to years from 2017, not 2010 as the attorneys had sought.
“Plaintiff waives her psychotherapist-patient privilege by arguing a state of persistent distress that is alleged to be abnormal, which is alleged to have been caused by unrelated actions or actions. regarding Defendant’s photograph,” the judge wrote of the crash near Los Angeles January 26, 2020.
Vanessa Bryant testified that because of the photos she experienced constant fear and anxiety and trouble sleeping. She is suing for invasion of privacy, seeking damages for emotional distress. The case is scheduled for trial in February.
The district attorneys, led by outside attorney Skip Miller, argued that it was death that caused her grief, and they searched therapy records to determine Bryant’s mental state.
The same judge rejected an earlier attempt by the county to require her to undergo a mental health assessment.
Her attorneys argued that the attempt to obtain her therapy records was an additional invasion of her privacy.
“The county continues to have nothing but its deepest sympathies for the immense grief that Ms. Bryant has suffered as a result of the tragic helicopter crash. We are delighted that the Court has granted us permission. access to her medical records, as that is a standard Miller said in a statement by the Times.
Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys were not immediately available for comment.
A Times investigation in March found that deputies shared grim images of the scene. The photos were shared internally and by an associate of his cell phone gallery in a Norwalk, California bar, and by a fire captain, who projected the images on his phone during an hour of cocktails.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered all deputies with pictures of the crash to be removed shortly after learning of a citizen complaint on January 29 about the bar incident.