Following the 2020 helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and its deputies, accusing them of sharing images of the crash site with people who were not involved in the case.
However, in attempt to fight her claims, the Los Angeles county requested for her to take the exam to try to figure out if “Vanessa Bryant and the others suffer emotional distress because photos of their dead relatives shared by county fire and sheriff’s department employees after the crash? Or did their emotional distress stem only from the tragic crash itself?” USA Today notes.
According to the latest update by the Los Angeles Times, a federal judge ultimately ruled Monday that Vanessa Bryant will not have to undergo a psychiatric exam as part of her lawsuit against Los Angeles County.
The County’s tactics are simply a cruel attempt to extract a price for victims to obtain accountability,” Bryant’s attorney, Luis Li, wrote in a court filing, via the Los Angeles Times. “Rather than take accountability for conduct the Sheriff himself has called ‘wildly inappropriate’ and ‘disgusting,’ the County has chosen to pull out all the stops to make the case as painful as possible.”