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Vanessa Bryant Sues LA County Sheriff's Department For Leaked Helicopter Crash Photos

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of LA Laker legend Kobe Bryant, is suing the LA County Sheriff's Department for leaking photos of the deadly helicopter crash that killed her husband and daughter, Gianna Bryant.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Per Yahoo! Sports, Vanessa Bryant called the leaking of the photos "grossly insufficient" and she was "distressed to learn that the department did not initiate a formal investigation" until reports surfaced about the misconduct following the incident.

"In reality, however, no fewer than eight sheriff's deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches," the claim reads. "As the department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their own personal purposes."

"This (filing) solely is about enforcing accountability, protecting the victims and making sure no one ever has to deal with this conduct in the future," a Bryant family spokesperson said in a statement.

"When a family suffers the loss of loved ones, they have the right to expect that they will be treated with dignity and respect. The deputies in this case betrayed that sacred trust. This claim is intended to hold the Sheriff's Department accountable and to prevent future misconduct."