Vanessa Bryant Names Officers Who Allegedly Shared Kobe Crash Site Photos (Evil or Even?)


Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late Kobe Bryant, took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal the names of the officers who allegedly shared the photos from the site of the deadly helicopter crash.

Vanessa shared pages from her lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the LA County Fire Department, LA County, and the unredacted names of officers Joey Cruz, Rafael Mejia, Michael Russell, and Raul Versales. “At some point during his shift, Cruz obtained multiple photographs of the Bryants’ remains on his personal cell phone,” the lawsuit reads.  “After obtained photos … Cruz shared them with multiple individuals without any legitimate governmental purpose, including several members of the public.”

“At the moment the deputies snapped photos of Kobe and Gianna’s remains, they created a harm that cannot be undone, and the Department’s response has only exacerbated that harm,” the lawsuit stated.

All of this comes less than two weeks after a judge granted Vanessa’s request to disclose the names of the officers accused of sharing the photos. Vanessa Bryant is seeking damages for negligence, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.


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