Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA great Kobe Bryant, will not have to undergo a psychological evaluation to prove her emotional distress, a judge recently ruled. Us Weekly reviewed legal briefs regarding the lawsuit. The decision was made on Monday, November 1.
The judge said that forcing the test would be untimely. Lawyers for the L.A. Sheriff’s Department have argued that the test would be necessary in order to establish that Bryant has actually suffered emotional injuries.
“[A psych evaluation is] not only relevant, but necessary… [In order to] evaluate the existence, extent and nature of [Vanessa’s] alleged emotional injuries.”
Bryant’s attorneys argued that the procedure would be intrusive. They said that the emotional distressed caused by the loss of a spouse is inherent. An eight-hour interrogation would not be necessary to establish emotional distress.
Bryant’s 20-year marriage came to an end when Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were killed in a tragic helicopter crash. Vanessa is suing to make eight deputies who took photos on their personal cell phones of the bodies face accountability. Her legal fight for justice continues.
It was a cold move for the defense to imply that Vanessa is somehow faking her grief. It looks like the judge made the right decision here. There is no reason whatsoever to make Vanessa Bryant relive one of the most heartbreaking events of her life.
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