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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant took aim at actress Evan Rachel Wood and other critics who branded the late sports icon a "rapist" following his tragic death last year.

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a fiery helicopter crash along with 7 others in Calabasas, California in foggy conditions in January 2020.

Vanessa had time over the weekend, so she searched through old social media posts for critics who accused Kobe of being a rapist.

Wood and film producer Abigail Disney were among the activists to remind fans about his July 2003 sexual assault case.

The married basketball star was accused of forcing himself on a 19-year-old female hotel employee in Colorado. The case was later settled out of court and Kobe publicly apologized to his accuser.

At the time of his death in a helicopter crash, Evan Rachel Wood posted on social media, "What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe's family. He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously."

The tweet caused an uproar at the time, but more than a year later, Vanessa dug up the tweet, and fired back at Wood.

"This just came to my attention," she wrote across a screenshot of Wood's post, which she shared on her Instagram Story timeline on Saturday.

"Your false, insensitive, defamatory and slanderous tweet on 1/26/20 is vile and disturbing to say the least. Behavior like this is part of the reason why innocent black men go to jail for crimes they didn't commit. An accusation doesn't make someone guilty. YOU DON'T KNOW THE FACTS OF THE CASE."

Vanessa also posted a similarly-worded message to Abigail Disney, who, shortly after Kobe's death, told her Twitter followers: "The man was a rapist. Deal with it."

Vanessa's followers were confused and baffled by her response to old tweets.

Vanessa has been very active on social media since Kobe’s death. Kobe was very adamant that she devote her time to homemaking and raising their children.

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Meek Mill tucked his tail between his legs and apologized to Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, for disrespecting them both.

He offered his sincere apology in private on Tuesday morning, after furious Kobe fans dragged him all over social media for telling the grieving widow, "I'm going back savage in this s**t ... f#%k ya feelings!"

"I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public," Meek tweeted Tuesday. "Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman!"

The 33-year-old rapper begged fans to move on: "If you care about someone grieving change the subject!"

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Vanessa lashed out at Meek on Monday after he dropped Kobe's name in "extremely insensitive" lyrics in a leaked track, titled "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)."

The lyrics pertained to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others in January 2020.

In the song, Meek says:

"This b**ch I'm f**king' always tell me that she love me. But she ain't ever showed me. Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper It be another Kobe."

A "chopper" is street slang for a fully automatic AK-47.

Vanessa, 38, called Meek out on social media and urged the 33-year-old rapper to "do better".

She wrote on her Instagram Story:

"Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this.

"If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant slammed washed up rapper Meek Mill for his "extremely insensitive" lyrics about the late NBA legend.

The rapper's leaked track "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)" sparked heavy backlash on social media because of its lyrics pertaining to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others in January 2020.

In the song, Mill says:

"This b**ch I'm f**king' always tell me that she love me. But she ain't ever showed me. Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper It be another Kobe."

"Chopper" is street slang for a fully automatic AK-47.

Vanessa, 38, slammed the "extremely insensitive" lyrics and urged the 33-year-old rapper to "do better".

She wrote on her Instagram Story:

"Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this.

"If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

Meek already hit back at critics, when he tweeted: "Somebody promo a narrative and y'all follow it.... y'all internet antics cannot stop me ....s**t like zombie land or something! Lol. [sic]"

He doubled down with another defiant tweet that appeared to diss Vanessa's response on Instagram.

Meek tweeted: "I'm going back savage in this s**t ... f#%k ya feelings!"

Vanessa Bryant celebrated her daughter Natalia's 18th birthday by posting throwback pics of her first-born child and her late husband, Kobe Bryant.

She called Natalia "a beautiful role model to so many people."

"Dear Natalia, Happy Birthday! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives. Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You're such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people."

She captioned one photo of infant Natalia with her father, "Daddy's little princess, Natalia."

Kobe, 41, and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people tragically killed in a fiery helicopter crash last January. Kobe and Vanessa, 38, were also parents to daughters Bianka, 4, and Capri, 19 months.

Since Kobe's death, Vanessa, who is normally private, has shared her life with Kobe's fans on social media.
 

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Vanessa Bryant's mother doesn't regret filing a $5 million lawsuit to claim a percentage of the late Kobe Bryant's multi-million estate.

Sofia Laine, Kobe's mother-in-law, responded to her daughter Vanessa's criticism after she filed a $5 million lawsuit against Kobe's estate.

In a statement, Sofia said:

"For starters, I would like to state that I did not enjoy airing our family grievances in the public. Although I filed a lawsuit, I did not make any public comments and was hoping for the court process to run its Cours without the publicity, as hurtful as it is."

Sofia went on to say Vanessa severed all ties with her and "reneged on all obligations and agreements" to give her the lifestyle that she was entitled to.

In addition to $5 million cash, Sofia is demanding a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon and a new house.

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In her lawsuit, Sofia claims she is entitled to live the lifestyle she was accustomed to while Kobe was alive because she labored to babysit his children. She is pictured far right with Kobe and his family at a Lakers game in 2017.

Kobe lavished his mother-in-law with a mansion, cars, and luxury items such as designer clothing, bags and shoes -- while his own mother had to sell his memorabilia to buy a modest home for herself and her husband.

Sofia is also asking for $96.00 in hourly wages.

She wrote: "As for the $96.00 hourly wage that I am seeking, it was actually Vanessa that set this wage and not me."

Sofia subtly accused her daughter of making false statements on an apartment rental application.

"When Vanessa moved me out of my home and into an apartment, she completed a rental application in my name, without my knowledge, and wrote that I was being paid $200,000 annually, which equates to a $96.00 per hour wage."

She concluded:

"I hope that my daughter changes course and will do what is right and give me what was promised to me. I also hope that Vanessa will stop preventing me from seeing and spending time with my grandchildren. She is using my grandchildren to punish me for exercising my rights.

"Although I had no choice [but] to sue Vanessa, after this is all said and done, hopefully we can go back to having an amicable mother-daughter relationship."

In a previous statement, Vanessa said her mother had no rights to her late husband's estate. And her demands for $5 million, a G Wagon and a $96 hourly wage was more than the compensation Kobe gave her while he was alive.

"My mother keeps trying to find ways to get a financial windfall from our family. I have supported her for almost twenty years, and she was never my personal assistant or Kobe's or babysitter. I have always been a home mother and my husband and I took care of our children all the time. For almost two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties at no cost to her because she had claimed that she had no money to buy her own home after her divorce. my husband and I thought it was better for her not to live in our house. she took care of our girls from time to time, as most grandparents do. she did not deal with business matters or expenses. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request to charge me $ 96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years to care for her grandchildren.

"Actually, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were little. Ten years ago, our children were full-time students and athletes and I did not have another child until 2016. Her claims are obviously false, but I still tried, repeatedly, to fix things with my mother. Contrary to what it says, I have not left my children's side since the accident, except to visit the cemetery and make arrangements. Earlier this year, she was looking for a new home for herself, and a week later she went on TV and gave an interview in which she despised our family and made false accusations while living rent-free in a gated apartment complex in Newport Coast. Even after that tradition, I was willing to give my mother monthly support for the rest of her life and that was not good enough.

"On the other hand, she contacted me through intermediaries (contrary to what she claims, my phone number has not changed) and demanded 5 million, a house and a Mercedes truck. Because I did not give in to her hurtful threats and monetary requests, she has gotten out of control making false and absurd claims. now she is trying to get more money than my husband and I spent to support her while she continues to collect her ex-husband's monthly alimony since 2004. My husband and I have never discouraged or prevented her from supporting herself. This demand is frivolous, embarrassing and promised nothing to my mother, and I would be very disappointed with her behavior and lack of empathy."

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Besties Ciara Wilson, La La and Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant got together to play lingerie touch football with their children.

The exciting action was captured in a YouTube video. One commenter wrote that if Kobe was alive, Vanessa would be at home raising their children, not playing lingerie football on the internet.

It seems Kobe's death has given Vanessa a new lease on life. She is doing all the things she couldn't do as a submissive wife and homemaker while Kobe was alive.

Others commented that it's good to see Vanessa smiling and have a good time with her friends.

Question: Who do you think is most athletic: Ciara, La La or Vanessa?

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Vanessa Bryant, widow of the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, shared a photo of herself cuddling Win Russell, the 2-month-old son of Ciara and Russell Wilson.

"The sweetest," Russell commented on the post. "We love you Auntie V!"

Vanessa, 38, is close friends of Ciara and Russell. She recently gushed about her "amazing friends" in late August.

Vanessa and the Wilsons became closer after Kobe and Vanessa's daughter, Gianna, died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. in January.

Kobe and Vanessa also shared daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 1.

In August, Ciara shared a photo of herself posing with Vanessa and her daughters Bianka and Capri.

"Seeing you and the girls smile makes my heart smile," wrote Ciara, 34.

"You're the toughest mama I know. Seeing you put one foot forward each day is admirable.

"It ain't easy, but if I know one thing, Mamba Queen's capable of it all. Love you V. @VanessaBryant. #MambaDay".

 

Vanessa posted the same photo on her Instagram account. She captioned the image:

"It takes a village. Thank you to all my loving family, amazing friends and wonderful fans for your love and support. One day at a time."

 

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Kobe Bryant's death has inspired a new bill banning unauthorized photos of the dead by first responders.

The bill was signed into California law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday.

The Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend and his teenage daughter Gianna, 14, were among nine people killed on January 26 when their chopper crashed into a hillside in Calabasas during foggy weather.

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Shortly after the tragedy, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department began sharing Kobe's death scene photos with others outside the scope of the investigation. One woman revealed a sheriff's deputy texted photos of the deceased at the scene.

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The news prompted Bryant's widow, Vanessa, to sue authorities over the invasion of privacy, and on Monday, Governor Newsom signed legislation making such behavior by first responders illegal.

The Kobe Bryant Law forbids them from taking photos "for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose or a genuine public interest".

The law will go into effect on January 1, 2021, and is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 per violation.

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa explained her side of the story after her mother, Sofia Laine, went to the news media and claimed Vanessa threw her out of her home.

In an interview on Univision that aired Monday, Sofia tearfully said she was destitute and living in empty apartment after she was kicked to the curb.

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But Vanessa clapped back, saying she pays her mother's rent, and the reason the apartment looked empty is because Sofia moved the furniture out before her interview with David Valadez.

But Vanessa was not done yet. She also also went in on Kobe's mother, Pamela Bryant, in a series of posts on her Instagram Story.

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Vanessa posted photos of Kobe's high school uniforms and throwback basketball shoes, saying Pamela sold the precious keepsakes at auction, and how sad it was that Kobe had to buy his stuff back.

"The fact that this was auctioned off and my husband had to buy this and more back is so sad. 2013. Glad we have it back. #Keepsakes," she captioned one of the images. She tagged another image #Hoarderwife.

Back in 2013 Kobe filed a lawsuit against Pamela, after she auctioned off his high school memorabilia to buy herself a fancy new mansion.

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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.

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"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.