Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is “absolutely devastated” by a report that sheriff’s deputies may have shared graphic photos of the site of the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend and eight others, her representatives said Sunday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was investigating a report that deputies may have shared images showing human remains in the days after the January 26 crash in the hills west of Los Angeles.
The attorney representing Vanessa Bryant said she specifically asked sheriff’s officials on the day of the crash to declare the area a no-fly zone to guard against photographers trying to cash in on the accident. Kobe’s widow wanted “to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families.”
A trainee sheriff’s deputy at the crash site reportedly took photos on a smartphone and was overheard by a bartender showing the images to a customer in a bar.