Vanessa Bryant fired back at her mom Sofia Laine's claims she kicked her mom out of her home following the death of her son-in-law.
During an interview with Univision reporter Dave Valadez on the show El Gorda y La Flaca on Monday, Sofia alleged that, following the tragic deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in January, Vanessa kicked her to the curb.
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Sofia (pictured far right) tearfully claimed that Vanessa forced her out of the family's home and demanded that she return the car Vanessa gave her: "She told me, 'I need you to get out of this house.' She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now."
However, in a rare statement to the program, Vanessa fired back: "My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name."
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Vanessa explained why the apartment she rented for her mom looked bare: "She has removed all her diamond jewelry, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn't have my support."
Vanessa stated she and Kobe supported her mom for 20 years -- and Vanessa continues to support her mother by paying her rent and basic necessities.
"My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony. Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away," Vanessa added.
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Vanessa made it clear that her mother is a gold digger whose only goal in life was to live off her son-in-law's money.
"Now I see what is most important to my mother and it's more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here."
Sofia has yet to respond to her daughter's claims.
The world rallied around Vanessa Bryant and her surviving children after NBA icon Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. in January.
But a dark side of Vanessa is emerging months after the tragic accident.
Vanessa's mother, Sofia Laine was there for her daughter immediately after the tragedy, helping to care for Vanessa's minor children while Vanessa grieved.
Sofia was also there in 2003 to help pick up the pieces when Vanessa fell apart emotionally after Kobe was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a resort employee in Colorado.
Sofia recently sat down for an in-depth interview on "El Gordo and La Flaca" to expose her daughter for who she really is.
In the interview, conducted entirely in Spanish, Sofia claims Vanessa kicked her out of the Bryant mansion and repossessed a car she had given her.
In a promo video posted on Instagram, Sofia is in tears as she explains that her daughter abandoned her and left her destitute.
The caption translated in English reads: "This Monday, @davevaladez speaks in #Exclusive with the mother of Vanessa Bryant who is in abandonment and sadness after the death of her son[-in-law]."
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Few on social media are shedding tears for Sofia, pictured far right with Kobe and Vanessa at the Staples Center with her grandchildren: Natalia (far left), Bianka (on Kobe's lap) and Gianna in 2017.
Fans recall in the early days of Kobe and Vanessa's relationship when Kobe forsake his own parents to lavish gifts on Sofia - including a new home and cars.
The interview airs Monday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. on "El Gordo and la Flaca" on Univision.
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