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Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County sheriff over the graphic photos scandal

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Kobe Bryant, is planing to sue the Los Angeles County sheriff

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Vanessa Bryant continues to post about the loss of her husband and daughter. This Feb. 26, 2018 file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant continues to post about the loss of her husband and daughter. This Feb. 26, 2018,file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles.

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Vanessa Bryant — the widow of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant— has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff, claiming deputies shared graphic photos of the tragic helicopter crash, according to The Guardian.

What’s going on

Multiple reports suggested that deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.

Vanessa Bryant has since said the leaked photos were upsetting to her. Now, she’s filing a lawsuit against the sheriff.

  • The suit is seeing damages for negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told NBC News that the department does not have a specific policy about personnel photographing a gruesome scene on their personal devices.

  • The deputies deleted the images after Villanueva told them to do it, as I wrote for Deseret.com. The deputies reportedly struck a deal to delete the pictures so they wouldn’t lose their jobs.
  • Villanueva said Tuesday: “I am devastated and heartbroken by the conduct of those first responders who had the responsibility to protect the dignity and privacy of the victims who perished in the tragic helicopter crash in #Calabasas#SheriffV.”
  • “That was my No. 1 priority, was to make sure those photos no longer exist,” Villanueva previously told NBC News. “We identified the deputies involved, they came to the station on their own and had admitted they had taken them and they had deleted them. And we’re content that those involved did that.”

Vanessa Bryant’s team said in the lawsuit that the sheriff led a “cover up.”

  • “Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online,” the lawsuit said, according to King 5.

Recent controversy with Vanessa Bryant and Los Angeles

Villanueva recently asked Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to match the reward amount for a missing shooter, who shot an officer in Compton, according to CBS Los Angeles.