Los Angeles has to pay Vanessa Bryant and Chris Chester, relatives of the victims of a helicopter crash in January 2020, a total of $31 million (more than €31 million). The two had sued the US city because rescuers had sent photos of the wreck containing the deceased.
Bryant lost her 13-year-old daughter Gianna and her husband, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, in the accident. Chester’s wife and 13-year-old daughter were also killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles.
According to Bryant and Chester’s attorneys, photos of the wreckage, including close-ups of the victims, circulated during the fire service’s party. It is also said that a police officer in a bar showed pictures to a bartender and the police officers shared pictures with each other while playing video games.
Relatives sued the city for violating their privacy and psychological damage. Their lawyers said Los Angeles Times That Bryant, Chester and their families will have to live with the fear of pictures appearing on the Internet for the rest of their lives.
Bryant previously reached a settlement with the helicopter company
In addition, the city would not have acted fast enough after the accident. When forensic examinations were conducted on the electronic devices of those involved, an officer was said to have already reset his phone and the fire chief’s laptop hard drive had disappeared.
Bryant previously settled with the company responsible for the helicopter that crashed. The company sued for hundreds of millions because the accident could have been prevented if the pilot decided not to fly due to the weather. He wasn’t going to practice the weather at that moment. The pilot was also killed.
Nine people were killed in the accident.
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