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Vanessa Bryant asked to undergo psychiatric exam to evaluate ’emotional injuries’ from crash pix


Vanessa Bryant asked to undergo psychiatric exam by L.A. County to evaluate ‘the extent and nature of her alleged emotional injuries’ from Kobe Bryant crash images

  • L.A. County is asking for Kobe Bryant’s widow to undergo a psychiatric exam to evaluate ‘the extent and nature of her alleged emotional injuries’ over images of the helicopter wreckage
  • According to USA Today, she previously ‘refused to submit to independent medical examinations,’ despite putting her mental condition at the core of the lawsuit. 
  • County attorneys are ‘seeking a court order to compel these medical examinations as part its effort to defend itself’ against claims made by Vanessa in her lawsuit 
  • She sued the county for negligence and invasion of privacy, accusing the county sheriff and fire department of improperly sharing photos from the helicopter crash that killed husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna on January 26 


Vanessa Bryant is being asked to undergo ‘a physician-ran test on her mental state’ to assess and ‘evaluate’ the extent of her alleged emotional distress regarding the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash images.

The 39-year-old widow of the late NBA legend had sued LA county for negligence and invasion of privacy, and accused the county sheriff and fire department of improperly sharing photos from the crash that killed Bryant and daughter Gianna on January 26.

Legal documents obtained by USA Today said that Vanessa previously ‘refused to submit to independent medical examinations,’ despite putting her mental condition at the core of the lawsuit.

L.A. County attorneys have requested Vanessa undergo a psych evaluation to prove her alleged distress, a request the star may be forced to oblige ‘via a judge’s ruling if need be.’

Request: Vanessa Bryant is being asked to undergo ‘a physician-ran test on her mental state’ to assess and ‘evaluate’ the extent of her alleged emotional distress regarding the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash images; Vanessa seen in May 2021

Crash site: A photo of the helicopter crash site that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on January 26 was obtained by the National Transportation Safety Board

Crash site: A photo of the helicopter crash site that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on January 26 was obtained by the National Transportation Safety Board 

The basis of LA County’s filing stems from trying to discern if Bryant’s alleged emotional distress — that prompted her to sue the county in September 2020 — stemmed from the sharing of the gruesome images or the tragic crash itself. 

 The county is seeking the court ordered evaluation in an effort to defend itself from her lawsuit, where she currently seeks ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in damages for negligence, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The filing reads in excerpt: ‘Despite putting their mental condition front and center in this case, Plaintiffs refuse to submit to independent medical examinations (IMEs).’ 

It was added: ‘The County brings this motion to compel IMEs of the Plaintiffs, which are necessary to evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs’ alleged emotional injuries. 

Getting to the bottom of it: The basis of LA County's filing stems from trying to discern if Bryant's alleged emotional distress — that prompted her to sue the county  — stemmed from the sharing of the gruesome images or the tragic crash itself; pictured February 24

Getting to the bottom of it: The basis of LA County’s filing stems from trying to discern if Bryant’s alleged emotional distress — that prompted her to sue the county  — stemmed from the sharing of the gruesome images or the tragic crash itself; pictured February 24

Legal action: Vanessa has been seeking 'tens of millions of dollars' in damages for negligence, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in her September 2020 lawsuit after accusing deputies of taking and leaking photos of the crash in the hills of Calabasas, and of 'showing off' pictures of her husband and daughter's bodies

Legal action: Vanessa has been seeking ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in damages for negligence, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in her September 2020 lawsuit after accusing deputies of taking and leaking photos of the crash in the hills of Calabasas, and of ‘showing off’ pictures of her husband and daughter’s bodies

‘Plaintiffs cannot claim that they are suffering from ongoing depression, anxiety and severe emotional distress and then balk at having to support their claims.’

Her legal team ripped the possible mandate and called it a ‘bullying’ tactic void of any ‘accountability’ for the gruesome images which circulated amongst the department, and added they would be fighting the request. 

Vanessa’s attorney also slammed forcing involuntary psychiatric exams on a group of surviving family members that includes ‘four teenagers, a 10-year-old child, and a 5-year-old kindergartener.’ 

‘Unable to defend the indefensible conduct of its employees who took and shared horrific photographs of Plaintiffs’ deceased loved ones. … the County has resorted to scorched-earth discovery tactics designed to bully Plaintiffs into abandoning their pursuit of accountability,’ her attorney said. 

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