Vanessa Bryant 'absolutely devastated' by allegations of deputies sharing photos of Kobe's crash site

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Allegations of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies sharing graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others were received with a blistering response from Vanessa Bryant’s attorney.

Via a statement released to the Los Angeles Times, attorney Gary C. Robb said that Bryant, who lost her husband and daughter to the crash, is “absolutely devastated” by the reports.

Robb also requested an internal affairs investigation into the allegations and the “harshest possible discipline” for those responsible, calling the behavior “inexcusable and deplorable.”

“This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families,” Robb reportedly said.

Vanessa Bryant is helped off the stage by former NBA player Michael Jordan after speaking during a celebration of life for her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Vanessa Bryant led a memorial service for her husband and daughter last week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Per the statement, Vanessa Bryant personally requested that the crash site be guarded from photographers after the crash, hoping to prevent a situation such as this where photos of her family are potentially circulating:

“At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests,” Robb said. He demanded that the deputies be identified “to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated.”

Deputies had reportedly shared Kobe crash photos

It was reported Thursday that deputies were allegedly sharing graphic photos from the site in settings completely unrelated to the crash, prompting an investigation by the sheriff’s department. One individual reportedly claimed that he was shown the images in a bar.

The department had previously tried to cover up the story by quietly ordering the deputies to simply delete the photos with no repercussions, according to the Times, but word would later spread about the conduct.

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