L.A. County wants Vanessa Bryant to take a psychiatric exam in lawsuit

Vanessa Bryant.
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In response to Vanessa Bryant's lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over photos taken at the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna, and seven others, the county has requested that she undergo an independent psychiatric evaluation.

Bryant filed the lawsuit in September 2020, eight months after the accident, accusing at least eight sheriff's deputies of using their cell phones to take pictures of the victims. The suit claims that Bryant was assured that the crash site was secure and no unauthorized photos would get out, but the deputies "showed off" the pictures they took, causing Bryant severe emotional distress.

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