Mar 1, 2023 - Sports

Kobe Bryant's family reaches settlement over crash scene photos lawsuit

Vanessa Bryant leaves federal court after a jury ordered Los Angeles County to pay Bryant, widow of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, and another man $31 million in damages for the graphic photos

Vanessa Bryant leaves federal court in Los Angeles, Calif. on Aug. 24, 2022. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The family of Kobe Bryant reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with Los Angeles County over a lawsuit involving photos taken at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others.

The big picture: A federal jury last August awarded $15 million in damages to Vanessa Bryant over emotional distress caused by the photos.

  • The verdict in the August case was initially read as $16 million, but was later changed to $15 million.

Driving the news: The $28.5 million settlement resolves future claims by Bryant's surviving daughters and other potential related issues, AP reports.

  • "Today marks the successful culmination of Mrs. Bryant's courageous battle to hold accountable those who engaged in this grotesque conduct," Vanessa Bryant's attorney Luis Li said in a statement.
  • "She fought for her husband, her daughter, and all those in the community whose deceased family were treated with similar disrespect," Li said.

The big picture: Vanessa Bryant sued Los Angeles County after learning that first responders to the helicopter crash took unauthorized photos of the scene.

  • The photos were shared to at least 28 devices, "and included such outrageous conduct as flaunting the photos in a bar while pantomiming dismemberment," Bryant's lawyers previously said in a statement, Axios' Jeff Tracy reports.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a statement from the Bryant family's lawyer.

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