Kobe Bryant – Crash Victim’s Husband Sues L.A. County Sheriff For Leaked Pictures From The Scene
The Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, is seeing more lawsuits stemming from alleged leaked photos from the helicopter crash site where Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others lost their lives.
According to new reports, Matthew Mauser, the husband of Christina Mauser, who was one of the victims from the fateful crash, has filed a lawsuit against Villanueva. He alleged that the sheriff didn’t properly secure the area, resulting in responding officers to take snapshots of the scene.
Matthew Mauser takes his claims further and alleges in court documents that officers with the L.A. County Fire Dept. took pictures of his wife’s remains and showed them to people who weren’t connected to the investigation. He alleges in his lawsuit, according to TMZ:
“These facts show that Sheriff Villanueva had a special duty to ensure that the scene of the crash was given the highest caliber security his department could employ.”
He said he and his late wife’s three daughters now struggle with severe emotional distress, humiliation and anxiety
“from the realization that photographs of their mother and wife were wrongfully taken, shown and discussed.”
He’s suing for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, privacy, and other claims. It’s not clear how much he’s requesting but it’s more than $25,000.
His lawsuit comes after Vanessa Bryant filed her own claims against the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department for the alleged photos.
“That is the only two groups of people. Anybody outside of that would be unauthorized. They’d be illicit photos.”
“Mrs. Bryant was distressed to learn that the Department did not initiate a formal investigation until after the L.A. Times broke the story on or about February 28, and that the Department had taken few if any steps to contain the spread of the photos.”
Continued prayers for everyone impacted by the tragedy.