Judge Orders Vanessa Bryant to Turn Over Private Therapy Records

Vanessa Bryant is under court order to turn over personal therapy records in her invasion of privacy lawsuit against Los Angeles County.

The widow of Kobe Bryant says she suffered emotional distress after first responders shared photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash site that killed Kobe and her daughter.

Judge Charles Eick granted that request on Monday with an order for Vanessa Bryant and her therapist to produce the requested documents.   The ruling requires Bryant to turn over therapy records dating back to 2017.

“The requests are plainly relevant to the claims and defenses herein and, as narrowed by this order, the requests are proportional to the needs of the case,” Eick wrote in his ruling, per USA Today.

 

Bryant’s attorney criticized the request for therapy records as further invasion of her privacy in court documents filed Friday, prior to Eick’s ruling.

“This effort should be seen for what it is: an attempt to bully Mrs. Bryant into dropping her case to avoid her private therapy records being brandished in open court and reported on by media outlets,” an attorney for Bryant, Mari Saigal, wrote.

Miller Barondess, a law firm representing L.A. County, argued that the motion wasn’t an intimidation tactic, but a “routine part of discovery.”

“When a plaintiff puts her mental condition at issue and demands compensation for severe emotional distress, like Plaintiff has done here, she opens the door to discovery about her mental health,” the filing reads. “The County’s request for Plaintiff’s therapy records is not an intimidation tactic, as Plaintiff argues; it’s a routine part of discovery in emotional distress cases.”

Definitely feels like an invasion of privacy.

Vanessa has been through a lot, but it seems she’s still hellbent on getting revenge on those who did Kobe wrong.


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