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Vanessa bryant She learned of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths when a family aide knocked on the door and told her that the helicopter had had a crash, but that five people survived.
That and other details have come to light as a result of the legal process that is being followed by the lawsuit of Vanessa Bryant against the County of Los Angeles for the photos of the accident scene taken by sheriffs from the Los Angeles Sheriff on January 26, 2020.
The transcript of a deposition via Zoom made this October 12 for the lawsuit against the county indicates that she learned of the tragedy around 11:30 am. The helicopter crashed nearly two hours earlier on a Calabasas hill as Kobe, his daughter and seven others were heading to the Lakers legend-owned basketball academy in Thousand Oaks.
“She told me there was an accident and there were five survivors,” Vanessa said at the deposition. according to reportaron USA Today and other means “And I asked him if Gianna and Kobe were okay. And she said she wasn’t sure. She did not know”.
The New York Times indicated this Saturday that after that first notice and not being able to communicate with her husband, Vanessa bryant He went to John Wayne Airport, near his home in Newport Beach, to try to board another helicopter and travel to the scene of the accident, but that service was denied due to bad weather.
Then Vanessa met with Rob Pelinka, a close friend of Kobe and general manager of the Lakers, with whom she went by land to the Sheriff’s station closest to the crash site, according to testimony.
At that station, Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed that Kobe and Gianna had died. “And I said, ‘If you can’t bring my husband and baby back, please make sure no one takes pictures of them. Please secure the area ‘”, detailed New York Times.
“And he said, ‘I will.’ And I said, ‘No, I need you to pick up the phone right now and I need you to make sure the area is secured.’
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