The judge decides that Kobe Bryant’s widow must hand over the therapy records

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A judge ruled that Kobe Bryant’s widow must hand over her therapy data to Los Angeles County in her lawsuit claiming she suffered from emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the helicopter crash site. of 2020 that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others.

United States District Court Judge Charles Eick granted the county’s lawyers’ request to review Vanessa Bryant’s documents, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. But the judge limited the documents to the years from 2017, not to 2010 as the lawyers had asked.

“Plaintiff waived her psychotherapist-patient privilege by questioning the extraordinary and ongoing emotional distress allegedly resulting from the defendants’ actions or omissions relating to photography,” wrote the January 26, 2020 incident judge near Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant testified in her deposition that due to the photos she suffered from constant fear and anxiety and had trouble sleeping. He sues for invasion of privacy, seeking damages for emotional distress. The trial is scheduled for February.

County attorneys led by outside counsel Skip Miller say the deaths themselves caused her distress and searched therapy records to determine Bryant’s mental state.

The same judge rejected an earlier attempt by the county to require her to undergo a mental health assessment.

Her attorneys argued that the effort to obtain her therapy records was a further violation of her privacy.

“The county continues to have nothing but the deepest sympathy for the tremendous pain Ms. Bryant suffered as a result of the tragic helicopter crash. We are delighted that the Court has granted our request for access to her medical records,” as it is a standard requirement in lawsuits where a plaintiff requests millions of dollars for emotional distress claims, ”Miller said in a statement obtained by the Times.

Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys did not immediately comment.

A Times investigation in March revealed that lawmakers had shared grim images of the scene. The photos were shared internally and by an Congressman who showed his cell phone at a bar in Norwalk, California, and by a firefighter captain who displayed the images on his phone during cocktail hour.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered all MPs with images of the incident to be deleted immediately after learning of a January 29 citizen complaint about the bar incident.

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