Vanessa Bryant 'devastated' by the prosecution agents shared photos of the accident site
THE ANGELS: Kobe Bryant Vanessa's widow is absolutely devastated by a report that sheriff's agents may have shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash site that killed the NBA Legend and eight others, their representatives said on Sunday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday it was investigating a Los Angeles Times report that agents may have shared images showing human remains in the days after the January 26 accident in the hills west of Los Angels
A statement written by Gary Robb, a lawyer who represents Vanessa Bryant and posted on his Instagram page, he said he specifically asked sheriff's officials on the day of the accident to declare the area as an air exclusion zone to protect against photographers trying to take advantage of the accident.
This was of critical importance to her, as she wanted to protect the dignity of all victims and their families, the statement said. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us that all measures would be taken to protect the privacy of families, and we understand that he has worked hard to fulfill those requests.
Sharing photos of the accident scene, where Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among the victims, is an indescribable violation of human decency, respect and the privacy rights of victims and their families. The statement said, adding that Bryant and his lawyers were requesting an internal investigation by the sheriff's department about the charges.
The Los Angeles Times report on Thursday said it was unclear how many people could have seen the photos or if agents had captured the images on the scene or received them from another person.
The TMZ.com entertainment news website reported Friday that the accusations first came after a complaint.
TMZ, citing unidentified police sources, said an assistant sheriff's internship at the scene of the accident had taken photos on a smartphone and later a waiter heard him showing the images to a client in a bar. The waiter filed a complaint, TMZ reported.