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The scandal over the photos taken of the remains of Kobe Bryant and his daughter after the January 2020 tragedy in Calabasas, California, came to a possible end this Tuesday in a Los Angeles court.
After it was revealed last year that a jury decided guilty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the Fire Department (LAFD), the parties reached an agreement under which Los Angeles County will pay $28.85 million dollars to Vanessa Bryant and her daughters.
The settlement includes the $15 million that had already been awarded to Kobe’s widow. The Los Angeles Times stated that the county’s painful handling of the situation, including legal costs, verdicts and settlements with four families directly affected, cost Los Angeles taxpayers over $51 million.
A report in that newspaper was the one that revealed the scandal of the graphic photos of the remains found in Calabasas after the helicopter crash, some of which were later shown by sheriffs and officers to other people in a bar.
“Today marks the successful culmination of Mrs. Bryant’s courageous battle to hold accountable those who engaged in this grotesque conduct,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement to People.
“She fought by her husband, her daughter, and all those in the community whose deceased relatives were treated with similar disrespect. We hope that his trial victory and this settlement will put an end to this practice.”
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