Jury Awards Vanessa Bryant $16 Million Concerning Photo Shares of Kobe and Daughter’s Death at Helicopter Crash Site
A Los Angeles jury has decided to award Vanessa Bryant and Chris Chester a combined $31 million. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and Fire Department (LAFD) did release images of the bodies of Bryant and Chris’ loved ones, which the jury said violated their privacy and led to emotional distress. The jury’s decision was made late Wednesday afternoon.
This case was brought to trial by Vanessa Bryant after she filed a complaint accusing employees of the county sheriff’s office and the fire department of taking and sharing gratuitous pictures of human remains from the crash scene while using their personal phones without a valid business cause.
The jury awarded Vanessa $10 million and Chris a total of $9 million from the LASD. While the LAFD must give the couple $6 million apiece.
Mira Hashmall, partner at Miller Barondess law firm and the lead outside counsel for the county told People Magazine that they thanked the jury for its hard work. “While we disagree with the jury’s findings as to the county’s liability, we believe the monetary award shows that jurors didn’t believe the evidence supported the plaintiffs’ requests for $75 million for emotional distress,” “We will be discussing next steps with our client,” she said. “Meanwhile, we hope the Bryant and Chester families continue to heal from their tragic loss.”