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Vanessa Bryant “devastated” by reports that deputies shared photos of Kobe Bryant crash site

Vanessa Bryant is “devastated” following reports that deputies shared graphic photos from the Kobe Bryant crash site.

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Vanessa Bryant is “devastated” following reports that deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where her husband Kobe Bryant, their daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others were killed.

Vanessa’s lawyer Gary Robb released a statement saying that she went to the sheriff’s office on the day of the crash “and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers.”

“This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families,” the statement continued. “At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests.”

Robb said the sharing of photos is “an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families.”

He also called for those who shared the photos to “face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated.”

The statement also says that Vanessa is grateful to the individual who filed the online complaint that exposed this act of injustice.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the photos taken were of the crash site and included some of the victims’ remains. At least one deputy had the photos in his cell phone and was showing them “in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation,” according to the report.

Allegedly, one of the deputies showed the photos off to a girl he was trying impress at a local bar. “He tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos,” a source told TMZ. The bartender overheard his conversation and filed an online complaint with the Sheriff’s Department. The photos were reportedly also passed around the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, the first responders to the crash.

Read the full statement from Vanessa’s lawyer below.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement From Gary C. Robb, Legal Counsel on Behalf of His Client, Vanessa Bryant: Our client, Vanessa Bryant, is absolutely devastated by allegations that deputies from the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department publicly disseminated photos from the helicopter crash site. Mrs. Bryant personally went to the Sheriff’s office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families. At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests. First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation, other surrounding substations and LAFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents. Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity. We ask that anyone else who has information as to the facts underlying these alleged grievous and shameful incidents contact our office at 816–474-8080 or email via www.robbrobb.com

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