LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to get a psych exam before her lawsuit goes to trial

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Los Angeles County is demanding that a judge force Vanessa Bryant and others to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before a lawsuit they filed against county officials goes to trial.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in California in January 2020. Reports later emerged that photos of the crash scene were being shared online. Those photos were allegedly taken by first responders.

The lawsuit is over those alleged leaked images of the crash that were reportedly shared by emergency responders.

Families of the crash victims filed the lawsuit in September 2020 and are requesting undisclosed damages. Among their claims are violations of their civil rights and privacy and emotional distress.

In a motion filed in federal court on Friday, attorneys for LA County say Vanessa Bryant and other plaintiffs should be compelled to undergo an independent psychiatric examination. The core of their argument surrounds the families’ claims that they are suffering from “severe emotional distress,” court documents reviewed by NPR say.


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