Vanessa Bryant sobs in LA court over leaked graphic photos of Kobe

Sobbing Vanessa Bryant tells court she fears cops MOVED daughter Gianna’s body to photograph it after fatal helicopter crash, and says ghoulish leaked snaps triggered horrific panic attack

  • Vanessa Bryant broke down in tears on the stand in a Los Angeles court on Friday as she described how she lives in fear of photos of Kobe and her daughter Gianna’s bodies being leaked on social media
  • She said: ‘I don’t ever want to see my babies in that way. Nobody should ever have to see their family that way’
  • Bryant told the court that she found out about their existence while reading the LA Times and that County Sheriff Alex Villanueva didn’t tell her that the scene had been photographed
  • She said she was ‘blindsided’ and felt ‘betrayed’. ‘I trusted them. I trusted them not to do these things’ 
  • Bryant is seeking millions in damages from Los Angeles County after learning first responders allegedly sent gory images of her Kobe and Gianna between them 

Vanessa Bryant broke down in tears while testifying in a Los Angeles court room on Friday that she lives in constant fear that photographs of the bodies of her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna will be leaked on social media after officials shared them around.

Bryant sobbed and gasped for air as she described she had to run outside her house so that her daughters wouldn’t see her crying after reading about the existence of the images taken of the helicopter crash scene from January 2020 in the LA Times, according to the New York Post.

The wife of the late NBA legend said she was breastfeeding her youngest child when she heard the news, and said ‘I felt like I wanted to run down the block and scream.’

‘I can’t escape my body. I can’t escape what I feel,’ she said to the court. 

Bryant confessed she suffers severe panic attacks as she fears the graphic images of her dead husband and daughter may one day surface online. 

‘I don’t ever want to see my babies in that way,’ she said. ‘Nobody should ever have to see their family that way.’ 

Bryant told the court that County Sheriff Alex Villanueva – who told her there were no survivors of the crash – didn’t tell her that the scene had been photographed.

She said she was ‘blindsided’ and felt ‘betrayed’.

‘I trusted them. I trusted them not to do these things,’ she said. 

Bryant added that she believed officials may have moved the body of her 13-year-old daughter in order to photograph her because of where she was located. 

Vanessa Bryant broke down in tears while testifying in a Los Angeles court room on Friday that she lives in constant fear that photographs of the bodies of her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna will be leaked on social media after officials shared them around

Bryant told the court: ‘I don’t ever want to see my babies in that way. Nobody should ever have to see their family that way’. She testified that she learned about the existence of the images after reading about it in the LA Times and was ‘blindsided’ by the sheriff

Vanessa Bryant, widow of late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, arrives at LA court ahead of the hearing

Bryant holds the hand of Sydney Lerous as she warrives at the court house ahead of testifying

Bryant, dressed in a black coat, held her friend’s hand as they made their way inside 

Bryant is seeking millions in damages from Los Angeles County after learning first responders allegedly sent gory images of her Kobe and Gianna between them.

Bryant confessed she suffers severe panic attacks as she fears the graphic images of her dead husband and daughter may one day surface online

Bryant is seeking millions in damages from Los Angeles County after learning first responders allegedly sent gory images of her Kobe and Gianna between them. 

Multiple witnesses involved in the incident have testified they have seen the images, forcing Bryant to repeatedly break down over the course of the trial. 

She even had to leave the courtroom last week after a bartender, Victor Gutierrez, testified a sheriff’s deputy had shown him pictures of severed body parts after the crash. 

Earlier this week, LA Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Russell revealed he texted pictures of the wreckage to Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Sanchez a day after the incident.

Russell said he was playing the popular Call of Duty shooting game with Sanchez when he told the deputy he had photos of the crime scene that he allegedly got from fellow LA Deputy Joey Cruz, TMZ reported.

Los Angeles fire officials allegedly knew sharing graphic pictures of the crash that killed Bryant would land them in hot water as they were dubbed ‘plutonium’ and were ordered to be gotten rid of.

Bryant, wearing a gold chain that reads ‘mama’, has told an LA court that she expected more ‘compassion and respect’ from officials at the crash scene

NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020

Brian Jordan, a retired LA County firefighter, claimed he was ordered by his superiors to take photos of the deadly helicopter crash site (pictured)

Jordan denied sending the images to anyone outside the sheriff’s or fire departments

Sky Cornell, a public information officer for the LA County Fire Department, told a jury on Tuesday that first responders went into damage control after it became public that they shared photos of the helicopter crash that killed Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gianna, 13, in 2020. 

Cornell, who had admitted to investigators that he ‘wanted to see Kobe’ as the pictures were being shared, said an official warned the department about what they were doing, TMZ reported.  

‘Just a reminder folks, there are no secrets! One way or another people get exposed,’ the email read according to Cornell. 

He added that colleague Tony Imbrenda, who admitted to sharing the photos at an awards gala, called the pictures ‘plutonium,’ and that he needed to ‘get rid of them.’  

Imbrenda, another public information officer, was grilled on Wednesday while testifying that he shared pictures of the helicopter crash during the 2020 Golden Mike awards ceremony, a journalism awards gala in Southern California. 

Vanessa Bryant (right) filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from both the fire department and sheriff’s office over the alleged misconduct

Cornell claimed that’s when he first encountered the photos, none of which showed Bryant’s body but did depict other human remains. 

Cornell told the court on Thursday that although the setting was not appropriate to share the graphic pictures, he claimed they were used as a ‘training’ opportunity. 

Also testifying on Thursday was Arlin Kahan, another fire official, said he was the person who took the initial photos of the crash and sent them to Imbrenda, who Kahan described as ‘the one who controls the photos.’  

Kahan claimed his photos were intended to document the scene of the crash, not to take photos of human remains. 

Widow Vanessa Bryant’s attorney refuted the claim, suggesting it was a fire captain who took the photos of the crash for documentation purposes, not Kahan. 

‘You weren’t even a first responder,’ the attorney said, according to Insider.  

Kahan also claimed that it was his intent to delete the photos once the investigation was closed. 

On Monday, Brian Jordan, a retired LA County firefighter, claimed he was ordered by his superiors to take photos of the helicopter crash site – orders the fire chiefs deny ever issuing. 

Jordan denied sending the images to anyone outside the sheriff’s or fire departments, but at times appeared confused about events.

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