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Why Vanessa Bryant may get a psychiatric exam in lawsuit over graphic Kobe Bryant photos

L.A. County wants to make sure Vanessa Bryant isn’t lying about emotional distress

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Vanessa Bryant speaks about Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant speaks during a celebration of life for her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2020. Vanessa Bryant is suing LA County over leaked photos of the crash site where her husband and daughter died.

Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Los Angeles County asked a judge to force Vanessa Bryant and others to take a psychiatric evaluation before they head to trial in an ongoing lawsuit against the county, according to NPR.

Vanessa Bryant and others are suing the county over leaked images from the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

But attorneys for L.A. County said Friday Vanessa Bryant and others in the case should go under a psychiatric exam to make sure that the families are suffering from “severe emotional distress,” according to NPR, which reviewed the court documents.

  • The evaluation is necessary “to evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs’ alleged emotional injuries,” the attorneys said, per NPR.
  • “A central tenet of the County’s defense is that Plaintiffs’ severe emotional and mental injuries were not caused by any conduct of Defendants, but rather by the tragic helicopter crash and resulting deaths of their loved ones,” the attorney’s said. “Plaintiffs cannot be suffering distress from accident site photos that they have never seen and that were never publicly disseminated.”

Bryant’s team said that the county had used “scorched earth discovery tactics” that was meant to “bully” the families, according to The Washington Post.

  • A judge has been scheduled to rule on the motion Nov. 5.