Vanessa Bryant names deputies who allegedly took and shared photos of Kobe’s crash site

Joey Cruz, Rafael Mejia, Michael Russell, and Raul Versales.

Those are the names of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who allegedly took or shared grisly photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others.

Their names were revealed by Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant in a series of posts on her Instagram account on Wednesday.

Vanessa won the right to reveal their names in a lawsuit she filed against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The lawsuit seeks damages, claiming negligence and invasion of privacy.

The complaint alleges Cruz “boasted that he had worked at the scene of the accident where Kobe Bryant had died” and showed photos of the crash site to a bartender and a bar patron on January 28, 2020, two days after the crash.

Another deputy, Russell, allegedly shared photos with a friend with whom he “plays video games nightly,” the complaint said.