Trial against Kobe Bryant Death Crash Photos begins in the US | NBA news

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A lawsuit filed by Kobe Bryant’s widow over graphic photographs taken by first responders at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed him began in the United States on Wednesday. The basketball star and his teenage daughter were among nine people who died when their helicopter crashed into a hill near Los Angeles in January 2020. Vanessa Bryant claims she had emotional problems because Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department personnel and firefighters took photos of the scene, which they later shared with friends and emergency responders.

“At least 11 (sheriff) personnel and a dozen firefighters shared the photos within 24 hours of the crash,” Bryant’s lawyers wrote in court documents.

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“In the following weeks, one (sheriff) deputy showed off photos of remains in a bar, another texted photos to a group of video game friends, and (county fire department) personnel showed photos at an awards show.”

Los Angeles County attorneys do not dispute the photos were taken, but insist they were never made public and have now been removed.

County representative in the civil suit, Mira Hashmall, said the case hinged on this issue of public dissemination.

“From the time of the crash until now, the county has worked tirelessly to prevent the photos from the crash site from entering the public domain,” she said.

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“More than two and a half years later, no county photos have appeared in the media, none can be found online, and the plaintiffs admit they have never seen them.”

The case of Vanessa Bryant has been combined with a similar case brought by Chris Chester, whose wife and 13-year-old daughter also died in the crash.

A jury of six women and four men was selected on Wednesday, TUSEN reports.

Relatives of several other victims were awarded $2.5 million in damages last year for taking photos.

An investigation into the crash revealed that the pilot had likely become disoriented after flying the Sikorsky S-76 in fog.

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Bryant is widely recognized as one of the greatest basketball players ever, a figure who became the face of his sport during a glittering two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began straight out of high school in 1996 and lasted until his retirement in 2016, after which he began building a lucrative business portfolio.

He was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist and helped lead the U.S. roster of NBA stars to titles in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.

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