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Kobe Byrant’s widow awarded $16m for leaked photos

The late basketball star, Kobe Bryant and daughter, Giana Bryant. Photo: Rolling Stone

Kobe Bryant’s widow has been awarded $16 million in damages after graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed the US basketball star and his daughter in 2020 were leaked.

BBC reports that Vanessa Bryant, 40, said she had panic attacks after learning images taken by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters had been shared.

A federal jury has now ruled that the county must compensate Mrs Bryant for emotional distress.
Christopher Chester, a co-plaintiff, will receive $15 million.

Kobe Bryant, 41, daughter Gianna, 13, and six family friends died when their helicopter crashed in California in January 2020. Mr Chester lost his wife Sarah and daughter Payton in the crash.

County employees took photos at the crash site and shared them with others has enraged the victims’ families, a report by Los Angeles Times claims.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, played for the LA Lakers throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.

Writing by Muzha Kucha