Vanessa Bryant files suit naming LA deputies accused of sharing images of Kobe crash

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Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant filed an amended lawsuit Wednesday that reveals the names of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who allegedly shared graphic images of the helicopter crash site where her husband, daughter and seven others died last year.

In a series of Instagram posts, Bryant shared several pages of the federal lawsuit she has filed against LA County, the LA County Fire Department, the sheriff’s department and four deputies: Joey Cruz, Rafael Mejia, Michael Russell and Raul Versales.

The officers’ names were initially redacted when Bryant first filed suit in September, but a judge ruled earlier this month that they could be made public.

County lawyers had argued releasing the deputies’ names would open them up to potential online attacks.

Bryant’s suit accuses deputies of sharing photos of the January 26, 2020 crash site in Calabasas, including images of her husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s bodies.

“According to the Sheriff’s Department’s subsequent investigatory report,
one deputy in particular took between 25 and 100 photos of the crash scene on his
personal cell phone, many of which had no conceivable investigatory purpose and
were focused directly on the victims’ remains,” the court docs state.

The sheriff’s department didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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