More LA County Employees Accused of Exchanging Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Photos

A new filing in Vanessa Bryant’s invasion of privacy lawsuit against LA County notes that at least 18 employees, including sheriff’s deputies and firefighters, took, exchanged, or possessed photos of human remains from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene, a greater number than had previously been alleged.

The 66 include, “eighteen individuals who took, shared, or possessed photos of the accident scene,” wrote attorney Craig Jennings Lavoie.

Last year Sheriff Alex Villanueva said there were 8 deputies under investigation, and Bryant’s previous legal filings included the names of 4 of them.

In March Bryant published in a public court file the names of the four Sheriff’s deputies she accused of taking or distributing photographs from the scene of the January 26, 2020 crash near Calabasas that claimed the lives of her husband, her 13-year-old daughter Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter ruled in March that the public’s strong interest for information about law enforcement misconduct outweighed the County’s speculative concerns about potential harassment.

Previous court filings from Bryant’s attorneys claimed the distribution of the crash scene photographs was so widespread, one unidentified Sheriff’s Department detective could not remember how he obtained the pictures.

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