Vanessa Bryant airs names of deputies in lawsuit over photos of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash remains
The widow of Kobe Bryant has revealed the names of four Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies she accuses of improperly sharing photos of her late husband’s remains at the site of his fatal helicopter crash last year.
In a series of posts on her Instagram account, Vanessa Bryant displayed documents from her lawsuit that outline how each of the deputies shared the photos, including at a bar in Norwalk, California, two days after nine people died in the crash, including the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter.
Her public airing of deputies’ identities follows a ruling by a federal judge last week that denied a request by them to keep their names and ranks under seal.
One of the deputies is identified as a “trainee deputy” Joey Cruz. According to the lawsuit, Cruz boasted at a bar on Jan. 28 that he had worked at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Jan. 26.
“Cruz then showed photos of the Bryants’ remains to a fellow bar patron and the restaurant’s bartender, and he is seen on the bar’s security camera zooming in and out of the images while displaying them to the bartender,” the lawsuit states. “One of the photos showed the body of a girl, and Cruz remarked that another showed the remains of Kobe Bryant. Shortly after seeing the photos, the bartender loudly boasted to restaurant employees and patrons that he had just seen a photo of Kobe Bryant’s body and described the image in graphic detail.”
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