Vanessa Bryant Wants Judge To Dismiss Her Mother’s Claims That Kobe Bryant Promised To Take Care Of Her For The Rest Of Her Life
The issues between Vanessa Bryant and her mother continue to play out in court.
Vanessa Bryant raised issues from a spousal support dispute Sofia Laine had with her ex-husband in 2004 and 2008. The ex-husband said Sofia Laine’s support she was receiving from Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant served as a reason he shouldn’t have to pay. Sofia said back then that Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant didn’t owe her any support, and whatever they did for her was out of kindness.
Sofia’s ex referenced headlines that said Vanessa purchased her mother a $1 million home. Sofia shut down the speculation as “absolutely false” adding,
“I would never permit Vanessa to do such a thing. I have not and do not (nor should I be required to) rely on Vanessa for my support.”
Vanessa’s lawyers argue that if Sofia was right, and Kobe Bryant made a vow to “take care of her financially”, the promise is too broad to be enforced as law.
In her lawsuit, Sofia also accuses Vanessa and Kobe of violating California labor laws when they allegedly didn’t give her meal breaks, rest periods, and paid her minimum wage when she babysat their children.
Vanessa responded and wrote in court documents,
“[Sofia] was never an ’employee’ … [she] is a grandmother who, at times, helped her daughter and son-in-law by spending time with her grandchildren.”
Her lawyers also say that Sofia should have filed a creditor’s claim within a year after Kobe’s passing to get any money from his estate. She did not do so as this past Jan. 26th marked the one-year anniversary of Kobe’s tragic passing.
The judge hasn’t ruled on the case.
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