Kobe Bryant’s widow goes to war with mom over ‘hurtful’ lawsuit
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Kobe Bryant’s widow blasted her mother for filing a “hurtful” complaint against her weeks before the first anniversary of her husband and daughter’s deaths in a helicopter crash.
Vanessa Bryant accused Sofia Laine of trying to “extort a financial windfall” from her family in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in California.
In legal documents, Laine claims she worked as an unpaid “personal assistant and nanny” for the family, and before her son-in-law died in January, he had promised to take care of her “for the rest of her life. life”. .
“Sadly, Kobe Bryant’s promises did not materialize as he is now deceased, and Vanessa Bryant has done all she could to undo and undo all of Kobe Bryant’s promises made to (Laine),” reads -on in the complaint. “Vanessa Bryant had no intention of honoring the Bryants’ performances, agreements and promises at any time.”
Vanessa hit back at her mother in a new statement, obtained by People magazine, claiming that Laine “continues to try to find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family.”
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“I supported her for almost 20 years, and she was never my personal assistant or Kobe’s, or a nanny,” Vanessa says. “I have always been a stay-at-home mom and my husband and I were our daughters’ full-time caregivers.
“For almost two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our neighboring properties at no cost to her because she had claimed that she had no money to buy her own house after her divorce. My husband and I felt that it was best that she not live with us. She would look at our daughters every now and then, as most grandparents do. She did not take care of business problems or expenses.
“It was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request. Now she wants to bill me $ 96 an hour for allegedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years looking after her grandchildren. In fact, she only occasionally babysits my older daughters when they were toddlers. 10 years ago our children were full-time students and athletes and I had no other children until 2016. His claims are obviously wrong, but I still tried, on several occasions, to work things out with my mom.
Vanessa claims this is not the first time her mother has attacked her publicly, revealing that Laine disparaged her in a TV interview earlier this year, as she “searched for a new home for herself.”
“Even after this betrayal, I was ready to provide my mom with monthly support for the rest of her life and it wasn’t good enough,” adds Bryant. “Instead, 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 SUV. Because I didn’t give in to her hurtful threats and financial demands, she got out of hand and made false and absurd claims.
“(She’s trying) now to get more money than my husband and I have ever spent to support herself in her lifetime… She has no regard for how it affects my children and me. She wants to live off my daughters and me for the rest of her life while continuing to receive monthly child support from her ex-husband since 2004.
“My husband never promised my mother anything and he would be so disappointed with her behavior and lack of empathy.”