Vanessa Bryant must turn in therapy records in case of accident in Kobe, judge ruled

Vanessa Bryant must turn in therapy records in case of accident in Kobe, judge ruled

Vanessa Bryant is due to turn over her therapy notes to Los Angeles County in her lawsuit alleging she suffered severe emotional distress after learning MPs and firefighters shared images of the helicopter crash scene where her husband, Kobe Bryant and daughter.

US District Court Magistrate Judge Charles Eyck granted the District Attorneys’ request for a record review. But the judge limited the recordings to years from 2017, not 2010, as required by lawyers.

“Plaintiff has relinquished the privilege of psychotherapist and patient, questioning the allegedly extraordinary ongoing emotional distress allegedly caused by the actions or omissions of the accused in relation to the photographs,” the judge wrote about the January 26, 2020 disaster in which Kobe and Gianna died. Bryant and seven others.

In her testimony, Vanessa Bryant stated that due to the photographs, she constantly suffered from fear and anxiety and she had problems sleeping. She is suing for invasion of privacy, seeking damages for emotional stress.

District attorneys, led by outside attorney Skip Miller, searched for therapy records to determine Bryant’s mental state. They claim that death itself caused her suffering. The same judge rejected previous attempts by the district to require her to undergo a mental health assessment.

Her lawyers argued that the attempt to obtain records of her treatment was another infringement on her privacy.

“The County continues to have only the deepest sympathy for the tremendous grief that Miss Bryant endured in the tragic helicopter accident. We are pleased that the Court granted our request for access to her medical records, as this is a standard request in lawsuits where a plaintiff is claiming millions of dollars for emotional distress claims, ”Miller said in a statement Monday.

Miller argues that Vanessa Bryant could not be seriously affected by the photos of the accident, which she never saw and which were never released to the public because Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villaneva ordered them to be removed.

The photos were provided internally by one MP who showed off his cell phone at the Norwalk bar and a fire captain who showed images on his phone during cocktail hour.

Villaneva ordered all deputies with images of the wreck to remove them immediately after learning of the citizens’ complaint about the incident in the bar on January 29.

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times in March revealed that MPs shared grim photographs of the scene. Bryant’s lawyers argued that because county agencies did not order their employees to keep their phones, Bryant was prevented from knowing who the images were shared with before the devices were completely cleaned up.

Miller argued that by ordering the images to be removed immediately, Villanueva was keen to keep the promise made to Vanessa Bryant that the photos would not be published.

In her recent testimony in the case, Bryant recalled that she told Villanueva: “If you cannot get my husband and child back, please make sure no one is taking pictures of them. Please secure the area. ”

The trial is scheduled for next February. The county has already settled claims against Matthew Mauser for $ 1.25 million and siblings JJ Altobelli and Alexis Altobelli for an additional $ 1.25 million. Mauser’s wife, Christina, as well as Altobellis’ mother, father and younger sister – Keri, John and Alyssa – were killed in a plane crash.