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A man who lost his wife and daughter in the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant was told to stop riding Vanessa Bryant's "coattails".

Eight others were killed in the January 26, 2020 crash, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and Christopher Chester's wife Sarah Chester, 45, and daughter, 13-year-old Payton.

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Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant and Chester both sued L.A. County after sheriff's deputies shared graphic photos from the crash site in text messages.

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The lawsuit alleged one sheriff's deputy showed crash scene photos on his smartphone to a bartender at the Baja California Bar and Grill on Jan. 28, 2020.
 
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Attorneys for L.A. County argue that while Vanessa can prove the photos of Bryant's charred body were shared in text messages among the officers, Chester can't prove that photos of his wife and child were among the images.

The county's attorneys filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in California asking U.S. District Judge John F. Walter and Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick to separate Bryant and Chester's lawsuit into two separate lawsuits.

"Chester cannot point to any evidence of photos depicting his loved ones," the county argued.

"Given Kobe Bryant's worldwide recognition, Bryant's case is distinct. Chester should not be permitted to ride Bryant's coattails and benefit from critical evidence that only pertains to Bryant."

"Chester has shown his propensity to do this in nearly every pretrial filing and again at the July 8 pretrial conference."

L.A. County deposed 40 witnesses who could not identify Chester's family members in the grisly photos.

The county said Chester will "unfairly reap the benefits of the significant impact Bryant and her celebrity witnesses will have on this case."

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Black Twitter users fat shamed Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant and accused her of being pregnant by NBA legend Chris Paul.

Black Twitter users called Vanessa "fat" and accused the 39-year-old mother of three of being pregnant by family friend Chris, who already has two children with his wife, Jada Crawley.

Vanessa wore an ankle length black coat and slimming black turtleneck sweater with black slacks and stiletto thigh high boots.

The rumors about Vanessa and Chris, 36, began circulating after Vanessa and the Clippers star's long embrace on the court.

Black Twitter noted the cold reaction by Chris Paul's 9-year-old daughter after her father's prolonged embrace with Vanessa, who presented Chris with the Kobe & Gigi WNBA Advocacy Award. The little girl seemed to pull away from Vanessa when she leaned in to kiss her.

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Vanessa, pictured with Michael Jordan and Mary J. Blige, tragically lost her husband, Kobe, and their daughter, Gigi Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020 in Calabasas, Calif.

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Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, is not ready to be an empty nester. The single mom-of-four cried while dropping off her eldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, at the University of Southern California.

The 39-year-old homemaker posted a smiling selfie with Natalia, 18, and her youngest daughters, 4-year-old Bianka and 2-year-old Capri.

But Vanessa's heart was breaking behind her big smile. "Today was rough. This was before the tears came down," she captioned the photo.

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She added a message to her late husband, Kobe, and their daughter, Gianna, who tragically died with him in a helicopter crash last year.

"Missing [two fingers] forever. I love you @nataliabryant BE EPIC and FIGHT ON. [heart emojis]."

Natalia responded to her mom in the comments, writing, "I love you!!!"

Vanessa limited the comments under the post. But her VIP followers showed their support for Vanessa and Natalia.

Gabriel Union wrote: "We will all be [eyeball emojis] with @nataliabryant in LA #FamilyOverEverything."

Fashion blogger Yvette Mandell wrote: "Wishing Natalia a wonderful year!! So exciting but so hard for mama I know."

And lifestyle blogger Lyndi Kennedy wrote: "I can't imagine, I'm so sorry pretty mama!!!! U and the girls are always in my prayers!!!!!!"

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Vanessa Bryant reportedly settled a $5 million lawsuit filed against her by her own mother last year.

Bryant's mother, Sofia Laine, filed the lawsuit to claim a percentage of her late son-in-law Kobe Bryant's multi-million estate.

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In court documents, Laine, far right, claimed she wasn't compensated for her duties as a nanny to Vanessa's and Kobe's children for nearly 20 years. Laine also claimed that Kobe promised her she would be taken care of for the rest of her life.

However, after Kobe's tragic death in January 2020, Bryant kicked her mom out of the mansion Kobe bought for her, and moved her into a sparsely furnished one-bedroom apartment.
 
READ ALSO: Vanessa Bryant's mother defends filing $5M lawsuit against Kobe Bryant's estate
 

Laine told the court, 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, Laine demanded the title to a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon and a new house.

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Bryant was livid that her mother went to a Spanish language news station to air her grievances.

Bryant called the lawsuit "frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful," adding, "my husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy."

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She continued:

"I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and [she] was never my or Kobe's personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.

"In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of ten years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn't have another child until 2016."

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Derek Fisher is officially off the market. The 46-year-old WNBA coach tied the knot with Gloria Govan on Saturday, July 17, at Cielo Farms in Malibu, PEOPLE reports.

Fisher and Govan got engaged in April 2018 after dating three years. But their wedding date was postponed due to the pandemic.

"We got engaged in 2018, and we eagerly started planning the wedding, but, unfortunately, like many, we had to cancel our big day," Govan, 36, tells PEOPLE.

"There were times we thought we should have a Zoom wedding instead of waiting but quickly realized our families being a part of the big day was important and our kids, who are just as excited as we are."

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The couple had planned to delay their wedding news until after their honeymoon. However, they changed their minds when rumors swirled that Fisher was creeping with his late pal Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant.

Speculation ran wild after photos surfaced that showed Fisher and Bryant sitting together at a WNBA game.

Fisher is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014 to 2016 and won 5 NBA Championships as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Govan, 36, settled down with Fisher in 2015 after a bitter divorce from former NBA player Matt Barnes. Govan and Barnes have twin boys named Carter and Isaiah.

Fisher shares four children with Candace Patton, whom he was married to from 2005 until 2015.

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Vanessa Bryant repaid Kobe Bryant's sister for babysitting services by buying her a Tesla.

Vanessa surprised her sister-in-law, Sharia Washington, with a brand new Tesla.

She captioned an Instagram post, "Surprise @shariawash! We love you!!! Tesla Tunnel, here she comes!! Vegas to Cali."

Vanessa shared a video of the surprise. "Is that my bestie in a Tessie?" Vanessa said, quoting a lyric from Saweetie and Doja Cat's hit song "Best Friend."

"You like your car?" she asked Sharia, who replied by excitedly screaming for the camera.

"So overwhelmed!" Sharia wrote on her Instagram Story. "Thank you so much V!"

Vanessa is appreciate of her sister-in-law's help with her minor children after Kobe and their daughter, Gianna, 13, were killed in a tragic helicopter crash last January.

In March, she told PEOPLE that her "strong, resilient, respectful and kind" daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 1, played important role in helping her grieve.

"Helping my girls navigate through this heartache is important to me," she told PEOPLE. "Making sure that they know that they are loved, supported and important is what motivates me."

Vanessa will need Sharia's help even more now that Natalia has gone off to college.
 

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant called out Nike for releasing a sneaker in honor of her late daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, 13.

Gigi and Kobe died in a tragic helicopter crash last January.

Earlier this year, Vanessa took to social media to promote the Gigi sneaker, saying the shoe was set for release later this year.

But, on Thursday, she took to Instagram to inform her followers that she didn't authorize the Kobe 6 "Mambacita" sneaker for sale to the public.

"This is a shoe I worked on in honor of my daughter, Gianna. It was going to be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colorway on her daddy's shoes."

After photos of the prototype Gigi sneaker leaked online, Vanessa wrote:

"In the 2nd photo, it appears someone already has Gigi's MAMBACITA shoe in their possession. If someone can share how they have these shoes in their possession, that would be great because my daughters and I don’t have any of Gigi's MAMBACITA shoes."

She added:

"Nike has not sent any of these pairs to me and my girls. I do not know how someone else has their hands on these shoes I designed in honor of my daughter, Gigi, and we don't. I hope these shoes do not get sold."

Nike declined to re-sign a sneaker deal with the Kobe Bryant estate last month.

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Kobe Bryant's eldest daughter Natalia Bryant, 18, attended her second prom of the season wearing a Dolce & Gabbana gown.

The $4,695 Dolce & Gabbana gown was a gift from the designer. The teenager shared a photo of her prom night with her 2.6 million followers on her Instagram Story. She captioned the image: "Thank you so much for this lovely dress @dolcegabbana."

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Natalia signed with IMG Models in February. Earlier this month, Natalia shared a photo from her first senior prom, which prevented her from attending her dad's induction ceremony into the NBA Hall Of Fame.

Natalia's mom Vanessa Bryant wrote:

"When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom. Kobe didn't want me going to prom without him and I didn't want to go without him.

"When we heard Natalia's prom night and Kobe's Hall of Fame night were on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said, 'Well if it's any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it's only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours."

Kobe and Vanessa met when he was 21 and she was 17 and still in high school. They became engaged a short time later.
 

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Proud mom Vanessa Bryant is celebrating her daughter Natalia Bryant getting accepted into the University of Southern California (USC) on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old is seen jumping up and down in a video shared on her mom's Instagram page.

In the video, Natalia, wearing a USC top, shouts: "I got in!"

'Nessa captioned the clip:

"Tears of joy. I'm SO happy for you Nani! I know daddy is so PROUD OF YOU. I am so PROUD OF YOU!! Your hard work and dedication was so worth it. You pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you succeeded. I wish Daddy and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit. We love you so much! #USC #Trojan #FightOn."

Natalia is one of NBA legend Kobe Bryant's four daughters. The former Lakers star and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, tragically died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Vanessa Bryant was left behind to raise their minor children, Bianka, 4, and 20-month-old Capri, by herself.

She said Kobe and Gianna inspire her to keep going every day.

"I guess the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going," she said previously. "They inspire me to try harder and be better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many different ways."
 

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant publicly named the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and L.A. County Fire Department employees who sent Kobe's death scene photos to friends via text messages.

The NBA legend, 41, died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on January 26, 2020.

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The mom-of-four was saddened to learn that officers showed photos from the crash site to friends and random acquaintances.

Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the four officers for negligence and invasion of privacy. She posted the lawsuit - naming the officers - on her Instagram page on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged one sheriff's deputy showed crash scene photos on his smartphone to a bartender at the Baja California Bar and Grill on Jan. 28, 2020.

The bartender approached a table of four patrons and "excitedly" stated that the sheriff's deputy had shown him graphic photos of Kobe Bryant's charred remains.

The court papers stated the bartender described certain characteristics of Kobe's remains that verified it was him.

The bartender was eager to divulge more graphic information, but the four patrons indicated they didn't want to hear anymore.

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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."