Kobe Bryant’s widow goes to war with her mother for a “painful” cause


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Kobe Bryant’s widow accused her mother of filing a “painful” lawsuit against her weeks before the first anniversary of the helicopter deaths of her husband and daughter.

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Vanessa Bryant accused Sofia Laine of trying to “extract financial gain” from her family in a lawsuit she filed in California on Tuesday.

In legal documents, Laine claims she worked as an unpaid “personal assistant and nanny” for the family, and before her son-in-law’s death in January, he promised to take care of her “for the rest of her life.”

“Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant’s promises have not come to light as he is now deceased and Vanessa Bryant has taken every possible step to cancel and nullify all promises made to Kobe Bryant (Laine),” the complaint read. “Vanessa Bryant did not intend to honor any of the Bryant performances, agreements and promises at any stage.”

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Vanessa responded to her mother in a new statement, obtained by People magazine, claiming that Laine “continues to try to find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family.”

“I’ve supported her for nearly 20 years and she’s never been my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor a nanny,” says Vanessa. “I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were the full-time caregivers of our daughters.

“For nearly two decades we have made sure that my mother lived on our neighboring properties, at no cost to her because she claimed she had no money to buy her house after the divorce. My husband and I thought it was best for her not to live in our house. From time to time he observed our girls, just like most grandparents do. He did not deal with business matters or expenses.

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“She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request. Now he wants to charge me $ 96 an hour for working 12 hours a day for 18 years to watch his grandchildren. In fact, he only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were little. As of 10 years ago, our children were full-time students and athletes and I did not have another child until 2016. His claims are obviously false, but I still tried, repeatedly, to settle things with my mother. “

Vanessa says this isn’t the first time her mother has publicly attacked her, revealing that Laine disparaged her during a TV interview earlier this year while she was “looking for a new home.”

“Even after that betrayal, I was willing to provide my mom with monthly support for the rest of her life and it wasn’t enough,” adds Bryant. “Instead he contacted me through intermediaries (contrary to what he claims, my phone number hasn’t changed) and asked for $ 5 million, a house and a Mercedes SUV. Since I have not succumbed to her offensive threats and demands for money, she has gone out of control and makes false and absurd claims.

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“(She is) now trying to get more money than my husband and I have ever spent providing for her while she was alive… She has no regard for how this is affecting my children and me. She wants to live off my daughters and me for the rest of her life, continuing to collect monthly alimony from her ex-husband since 2004.

“My husband has never promised my mother anything and he would be so disappointed with her behavior and her lack of empathy.”


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