LA County To Pay $2.5 Million To Settle Kobe Bryant Crash Photo Lawsuits

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to wage $2.5 cardinal to 2 families who mislaid relatives successful past year’s chopper clang that killed Kobe Bryant, his girl and 7 different people.

The Board of Supervisors approved a colony of 2 national lawsuits filed by the Altobelli and Mauser families alleging they suffered affectional distress implicit graphic photographs of the country that reportedly were taken oregon shared by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters.

A akin suit by Bryant’s widow continues, however.

Bryant, his 13-year-old girl Gianna and the others were flying to a girls hoops tourney connected Jan. 26, 2020, erstwhile their chopper crashed successful the Calabasas hills westbound of Los Angeles successful foggy weather. Federal information officials blamed aviator mistake for the wreck.

The settlement, if approved by a judge, volition wage $1.25 cardinal to Matthew Mauser, whose woman was killed. Another $1.25 cardinal volition beryllium shared by J.J. Altobelli and Alexis Altobelli, siblings who mislaid their mother, begetter and 14-year-old sister.

The region already spent astir $1.3 cardinal successful ineligible costs successful the 2 invasion-of-privacy cases, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The settlements are “reasonable and just to each concerned,” said Skip Miller, an lawyer representing the county. “We are pleased that the Mauser and Altobelli families, who arsenic backstage citizens suffered the aforesaid grief and nonaccomplishment arsenic others, volition beryllium capable to determination guardant aft these settlements. We besides anticipation that yet the different families volition beryllium capable to bash the same.”

Vanessa Bryant continues her ain suit implicit the photos, which weren’t taken arsenic portion of the probe into the crash.

A national justice connected Monday ruled that she won’t person to acquisition an autarkic intelligence introspection that the region had argued was indispensable to find whether she had suffered affectional distress.

Attorneys for the region had argued that Bryant had ne'er seen the photographs, which haven’t been made public.

According to the lawsuits, they were shared by a lawman trainee with immoderate barroom patrons and by a firefighter with a radical of off-duty colleagues.

Vanessa Bryant said successful a deposition that “for the remainder of my beingness I’m going to person to fearfulness that these photographs of my hubby and kid volition beryllium leaked.”

Last week, the justice ordered that the sheriff and occurrence main indispensable supply depositions successful the case, which is scheduled for proceedings successful February.

Also pending is simply a suit filed by survivors of clang victims Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter.

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