Deputy who took close-up photos of Kobe Bryant’s body says he “did nothing wrong”
A civil lawsuit is underway over grim photos of late NBA great Kobe Bryant that were allegedly shown in “off topic” settings, including a bar.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, claims photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband and young daughter, Gianna, were shared outside of the investigation by firefighters and Sheriff’s Department employees.
The fatal helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 claimed the lives of nine people.
A total of approximately 25 close-up photos of the crash and human remains from the helicopter crash have been documented by firefighters.
According to Deputy Douglas Johnson who took the photos, he was instructed to do so by Deputy Raul Versales in command post.
However, Versales denied ever giving this instruction. Versales says everyone at “command post, including myself, we did not ask for photos.”
Vanessa Bryant’s attorney pointed this out to Johnson in front of the jury.
The photos were then reportedly shared in informal settings and shown to people outside the investigation.
A former emergency medical technician, Luella Weireter, testified that she saw LA County firefighter Tony Imbrenda circulating photos of Bryant’s remains on his phone during the Golden Mike Awards broadcast.
The track is expected to last two weeks, with Vanessa Bryant due to face the officials responsible.