Vanessa Bryant, widow of late NBA legend, Kobe Bryant can now get access to the names of the deputies who allegedly took unauthorised photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband and made them public.
US District Judge John F. Walter ruled on Monday that the deputies’ names will no longer remain under seal. This means that Vanessa can now add the deputies to her civil rights lawsuit against the county and the sheriff’s department led by Alex Villanueva.
Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit is seeking damages for negligence and invasion of privacy.
“Transparency promotes accountability,” Vanessa Bryant attorney Luis Li told the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to presenting Mrs. Bryant’s case in open court.”
Kobe Bryant died after the helicopter he was travelling in crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California on Sunday afternoon, January 26. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others also perished in the crash.