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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Vanessa Bryant and her eldest daughter Natalia (left) have been forced to block fan pages on Instagram because they remind them too much of her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant.

Vanessa and Natalia have been blocking accounts because they are tired of logging in and "constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe".

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The NBA icon and his and Vanessa's 13-year-old daughter Gigi were killed in a helicopter crash in January, and Vanessa and Natalia continue to struggle to come to terms with the devastating tragedy.

Particularly disturbing to the family are the many fan pages that post hundreds of photos of Kobe and Gianna on Instagram daily.

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Vanessa thanked fans for their love and support in the wake of Kobe and Gianna's deaths, but she and 17-year-old Natalia are tired of logging in and seeing constant reminders of their loss on their social media pages.

"Thx so much for all the (love)," she wrote on Instagram over the weekend. "@nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages."

She added: "Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm. We (love) you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your (love)."

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Vanessa Bryant is an extremely wealthy widow, but she is not on the market.

Vanessa has a net worth of $600 million, which makes her a magnet for thirsty men with dollar signs in their eyes.

According to a report, pro athletes have been sliding in Vanessa's DMs trying to woo her and offering to keep her company on lonely nights.

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According to MTO News:

"dozens of professional athletes - including two Hall of Fame players, and one A-list TV sports commentator - have flooded Vanessa's DMs. A person close to Vanessa told MTO News, "[Vanessa] is getting a lot of support, but some of the messages are really thirsty. The woman as grieving and these [men] are trying to get a date." Vanessa is still in mourning. She lost her husband Kobe less than five months ago, and is still in shock."

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Vanessa, a 38-year-old mother of 4, is still mourning the loss of the love of her life, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash with the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 9 others in January.

Kobe was one of America's richest athletes with endorsements including Nike, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz and Hublot in his vast portfolio.

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NBA retiree Dwyane Wade took to Instagram.com to show off his new cotton candy pink hair color. Wade posted the image to his IG account on Friday with no caption.

The 38-year-old Chicago native wore a bracelet to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna Bryant, in honor of what would have been her 14th birthday on May 1. The bracelet reads: "Gigi Bryant Mambacita 5106."

Wade retired from the NBA in 2019. The three-time NBA champion earned $196,388,473 during his career.

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Laine Bryant celebrated her 38th birthday on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). The NBA star and his daughter Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter accident earlier this year.

Vanessa posted a photo of herself posing at home with her surviving daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 10 months.

She captioned the image: "#CincodeMayo #TacoTuesday #micumpleaños ... Thx to my girls for ordering these flowers and piñatas for mama."

The post garnered over 3 million views and over 40,000 comments on Instagram.com.
 

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is reportedly "devastated" that LA County deputies shared photos of her family members' mangled bodies on their cell phones.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas in January.

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The helicopter erupted into flames immediately upon impact with the hillside. The nine bodies were crushed and burned beyond recognition.

The Los Angeles Times reported that deputies shared graphic images of the remains at the crash site.

At least nine emergency responders took pictures of the remains on their cell phones. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw photos on the phone of an LA County official who was not at the crash site on Jan. 26.

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Vanessa's attorney, Gray Robb, released a statement early Sunday morning that said Vanessa was "absolutely devastated" by the allegations.

On the day of the crash, Vanessa went to the sheriff's office to personally request that the area be designated a no-fly zone to protect the scene from airborne paparazzi, according to Robb's statement.

Robb added that Vanessa made the request to protect the dignity of all the victims and their families.

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On Monday, the LA County Sheriff released a statement saying the graphic photos were "deleted" from all cell phones on the sheriff's orders.

An insider source said deputies were told if they come clean and delete the photos from their phones, they would not face discipline.

But other sources within the sheriff's office said the sheriff's decision to destroy all of the photos could amount to the destruction of evidence.

Vanessa will need the photos in case she decides to file a lawsuit against the county and the sheriff's office.

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An L.A County Sheriff's trainee is in hot water for trying to impress a woman with gruesome death scene photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site.

The trainee reportedly met the woman at a bar and tried to impress her by pulling out his cell phone and showing her gruesome pictures of the mangled bodies at the crash site.

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Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in January.

The trainee was busted when a bartender overheard the conversation and called the cops.

The horrific photos were passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire Dept. and, according to TMZ, the department is now investigating.

The Sheriff's Dept. contacted family members of all the victims on Wednesday, after TMZ called them and inquired about the crime scene photos.

The Sheriff's Department would only tell TMZ "The matter is being looked into."

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Olivia Culpo and Philipp Plein paid tribute to legendary NBA star Kobe Bryant during Milan Fashion Week in Italy.

The 42-year-old designer and Jada, 48, wore matching bedazzled Kobe-inspired purple hooded jerseys with his number 24 on the front.

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Jada walked the runway wearing sequined pants, a black lace top and black leather cropped motorcycle jacket, all from Philipp Plein's Fall/Winter 2020-21 Collection.

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Olivia, 27, wore a purple throwback jersey with the number 24 to honor the Lakers legend. Like Olivia, the other models wore throwback jerseys, which featured Kobe's number 24 and the Lakers' team colors.

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Jada teased the look in a post on her Instagram stories.

"I got to honor an icon tonight with @philipppleinofficial," she wrote over a video of herself wearing the sequined purple hoodie.

She added: "Thinking of @vanessabryant and the girls. All proceeds go to Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation."

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Thousands attended the star-studded memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, at the Staples Center on Monday, Feb. 24.

Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash along with seven others last month.

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The memorial service, which started at 10 a.m. local time, drew fans from around the country, some of whom paid up to $250 for a ticket.

Organizers urged people without tickets to stay away from the arena. LAPD reported no disturbances, according to NBC New York.

Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant gave a tearful speech after an introduction by Jimmy Kimmel.

"I'd like to thank everyone for coming today," she said. "The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting."

She was joined by her daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri They were surrounded by family and friends on stage.

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"She was daddy's girl but I know she loved her mama," Vanessa said of Gianna. "She was one of my very best friends."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, performed one of Kobe's favorite songs at the service.

"I'm here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs," said Beyonce before performing her hit single "Halo" along with a live orchestra.

Alicia Keys also performed one of Kobe and Vanessa's favorite musical sonatas by Beethoven on a purple piano. Kobe learned how to play the piece by ear.

NBA legends Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal made stirring speeches.
 


 


 


 

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Singers Jennifer Hudson (left) and Queen Latifah honored the late NBA star Kobe Bryant before the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago over the weekend.

Latifah, 49, performed Stevie Wonder's hit song "Love's in Need of Love Today" at the NBA's Saturday Night Skills competitions. She added a rap verse in honor of Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Latifah added the verse "Give love a shot / When you do, say 'Kobe' / 24 hours, eight days a week, trophies."

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Latifah attended the 2020 All-Star game on Sunday with her life partner Eboni Nichols.

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Jennifer Hudson performed a stirring tribute to Kobe during the NBA All-Star pre-game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.

Hudson, 38, was introduced by an emotional Magic Johnson, 60, who led the audience in 8 seconds of silence for Kobe and late NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died in January from complications of a stroke.

The Grammy and Oscar winner performed in front of a giant screen that flashed photos from Kobe's stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers and touching images of the NBA legend with his daughter.

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Hudson wore a floor length crushed velvet gown as she performed "For All We Know." Afterwards, she posed with celebrities such as rapper Ludacris, center, and actor Chadwick Boseman, right.

Rap producer Dr. Dre also performed a tribute to Kobe's greatest moments in sports. The Staples Center was temporarily renamed KOBE Center in his video.

Rapper Common performed a song before introducing the All-Stars for Team LeBron James and Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team members wore the numbers 2 and 24 for Gianna and Kobe respectively.

A public memorial service will be held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 24. But the service is marred with controversy because tickets are being sold for as much as $250 with the proceeds going to Kobe's charity.

Watch Hudson's and Latifah's tributes below.
 

Jennifer Hudson - For All We Know

 

Queen Latifah - Love's in Need of Love Today"

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Charles Barkley said fellow NBA legend Kobe Bryant should be remembered for both his NBA legacy and that 2003 rape case.

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas, California last month.

Barkley told NBC's Today Show that the Los Angeles Lakers great can be remembered for both his NBA achievements and his rape case.

"You have to tell the picture in totality," Barkley said. "We're not making Kobe out to be no hero. We're celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That's fair, but two things can be true."

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Barkley, who is pictured with Bryant and his wife Vanessa at the 2016 ESPYs, argued that the rape allegations against Bryant should not be ignored just because they make people uncomfortable.

Television journalist Gayle King was dragged on social media after she asked former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about the rape case affecting Bryant's legacy.

Bryant's angry fans included rapper Snoop Dogg, who threatened King and called her a "dog faced b*tch".

Snoop Dogg, 48, has since apologized twice for disrespecting King, 65.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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Gayle King has graciously accepted rapper Snoop Dogg's apology, 2 weeks after he called her a "dog face b*tch" over her remarks about Kobe Bryant's 2003 sex case.

Snoop was forced to publicly apologize twice after he was threatened by no less than Barack Obama's former national security advisor, Susan Rice.

King, 65, came under fire when she interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and asked her if Bryant's alleged rape case affected his NBA legacy.

Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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By asking Leslie those probing questions, King was simply doing her job as a well-respected journalist.

Snoop, 48, released a video, dragging King and threatening to "come get" her.

The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., later backtracked in a half-hearted apology video, saying he meant no harm to King.

But that wasn't enough for King's influential and powerful friends. They reminded the aging rapper that, with one phone call, they could end his career and send him into early retirement.

Snoop Dogg issued another video statement on Wednesday, this time he apologized profusely to King. He claimed his elderly mother made him see the error of his ways.

"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," he captioned the video. "2 wrongs don't make it right time to heal... @gayleking Peace... n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids."

In the video, Snoop Dogg said he "overreacted". "I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... Me being angry at questions that you asked.... I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful."

After enduring death threats and heavy public criticism for 2 weeks, King issued a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday, saying she accepted Snoop Dogg's apology.

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," she said.

"As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don't always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity."
 

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