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Vanessa Bryant wants jury to know deputy who ‘took photos of Kobe Bryant’ involved in other scandal

A trial involving the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of taking and sharing helicopter crash scene photos of Kobe Bryant is ready to start subsequent month.

And Vanessa Bryant, the late NBA star’s widow, wants the jury to know that the identical deputy, Doug Johnson, was additionally involved in one other scandal – one in which he allegedly kneeled on an inmate’s neck.

In response, legal professionals for the county have requested a choose to block Bryant from alerting the jurors, reported TMZ

Speaking out: Vanessa Bryant wants a jury to know the sheriff who is accused of sharing crash scene photos from her husband Kobe Bryant's death was also involved in another scandal in which he allegedly kneeled on an inmate's neck; Vanessa pictured in 2021

Speaking out: Vanessa Bryant wants a jury to know the sheriff who is accused of sharing crash scene photos from her husband Kobe Bryant’s dying was additionally involved in one other scandal in which he allegedly kneeled on an inmate’s neck; Vanessa pictured in 2021

The Sheriff’s Department unsuccessfully tried to maintain the kneeling incident below wraps, however a video was leaked to Knock LA.

The county filed paperwork on Friday calling the separate state of affairs ‘completely unrelated’ to the Bryant case.

It’s believed that alerting the jurors might considerably have an effect on the path of the forthcoming case.

Now each the plaintiff and defendants are ready for a choose to decide. 

Tense: Lawyers for the county have asked a judge to block Bryant from alerting the jurors to Doug Johnson's other missteps, reported TMZ; Vanessa poses in front of a Philadelphia mural of her late husband and daughter Gigi

Tense: Lawyers for the county have requested a choose to block Bryant from alerting the jurors to Doug Johnson’s other missteps, reported TMZ; Vanessa poses in entrance of a Philadelphia mural of her late husband and daughter Gigi

The leaked video footage exhibits somebody who seems to be Johnson escorting the inmate, a 24-year-old male, by way of the jail.

The prisoner, who’s locked up for a pending homicide case, swings on the officer shortly thereafter.

The man presumed to be Johnson and other officers then work to detain the person earlier than the deputy allegedly locations a knee on the inmate’s neck for a number of minutes. 

Daddy-daughter bond: Kobe and Gianna sat courtside at an NBA game shortly before their untimely deaths

Daddy-daughter bond: Kobe and Gianna sat courtside at an NBA recreation shortly earlier than their premature deaths

Back in 2020 graphic photos displaying the our bodies of Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, simply hours after they had been killed in a helicopter crash, had been handed round by at the least 28 law enforcement officials and at the least a dozen firefighters in bars and at a media awards gala.

Vanessa is looking for damages for invasion of privateness over the sharing of the graphic photos.

The photos had been taken by law enforcement officials and firefighters on the website of the helicopter crash in Calabasas the place Bryant, his daughter, and 7 others died in January 2020.

In paperwork filed in January 2022, Vanessa’s lawyer Luis Li wrote that pretrial proof, ‘has proven that the close-up photos of Gianna and Kobe’s stays had been handed round on at the least 28 sheriff’s division gadgets and by at the least a dozen firefighters, and proven off in bars and at an awards gala’.

Seeking compassion: Vanessa said she begged Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the day of the crash in which they were killed on January 26, 2020 to secure the crash site and not allow anyone to take photographs after learning there were no survivors

Seeking compassion: Vanessa mentioned she begged Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the day of the crash in which they had been killed on January 26, 2020 to safe the crash website and never enable anybody to take images after studying there have been no survivors

Li additionally alleged that Los Angeles County officers ‘engaged in a coverup, destroying the direct forensic proof of their misconduct and requiring intensive circumstantial proof to set up the complete extent of that misconduct.’

Los Angeles County has beforehand defended itself by saying that the photos weren’t posted on-line or seen by the general public other than in a bar two days after the crash. In that incident, a bartender advised a patron that an officer had simply proven him the photos. That patron laid a grievance with the LA County Sheriff’s office.

In the paperwork filed, Vanessa’s lawyer states {that a} personal citizen attending the 2020 Golden Mike Awards – a broadcast tv awards night time held lower than a month after the crash – witnessed LA County Fire Department Public Information Officer Tony Imbrenda speaking in regards to the photos and displaying them to others. It’s not clear who he confirmed the photos to.

Good cops: On Instagram Mrs. Bryant said she was 'Deeply thankful to the Philadelphia Police Department for going out of their way to ensure we all had a streamlined event' at a recent ceremony unveiling a mural of her husband and daughter

Good cops: On Instagram Mrs. Bryant mentioned she was ‘Deeply grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for going out of their method to guarantee all of us had a streamlined occasion’ at a latest ceremony unveiling a mural of her husband and daughter

Vanessa beforehand mentioned that the photos displaying the dying of her husband and daughter had been ‘on the market,’ precipitated her ‘fixed worry and nervousness,’ and that she was having bother sleeping and was depressed in consequence. 

She added that she has been contacted by web creeps telling her they will share the ugly photos on-line, though these threats have but to come to fruition.

Vanessa additionally mentioned she has seen one photograph of her husband’s physique, and that it sickens her to see ‘Kobe Bryant physique’ pop up as a instructed search on Google when she varieties her late husband’s title into the search bar. Six of the couple’s household mates and the chopper pilot additionally died in the smash.

She was pressured to element her nervousness in a declaration filed with LA County. In paperwork seen by TMZ, Bryant particulars how she requested Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the day of the crash, January 26, 2020, to safe the crash website and never enable anybody to take images after studying there have been no survivors.

But only one month later she realized Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters had been certainly passing round photos that had been taken of Kobe and Gianna’s stays. 

Family: The Bryant family - Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Vanessa and Kobe smiled for a photo in 2019

Family: The Bryant household – Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Vanessa and Kobe smiled for a photograph in 2019

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