Vanessa Bryant slams lawsuit form her mother seeking help


    Vanessa Bryant has discredited a lawsuit from her mother claiming she is owed years of pay for working as an unpaid assistant and support promised by Kobe Bryant, legendary basketball player who died in a helicopter crash in January.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that Vanessa issued a statement Thursday saying her mother was trying to “extort a financial windfall.” The 48-page long lawsuit filed by Sofia Urbieta Laine, mother of Vanessa Bryant, claims Kobe Bryant “promised to take care” of her for life.

    “Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant’s promise did not see the light of day as he is now deceased and Vanessa Bryant took each and every step she could to void and cancel all of Kobe’s promises,” the lawsuit claims, implying that Vanessa Bryant never intended to honour those wishes.

    Kobe Bryant, thirteen year old daughter Gianna and seven others died when their helicopter crashed in the hills of Calabasas on 26th of January. Financial experts estimate that Vanessa Bryant inherited control of all the real estate worth up to $600 million, the Times said.

    In a statement, Vanessa said that they allowed her mother to live free on their property but never promised her anything. “For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce. My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home. She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses.

    “She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request. She now wants to back-charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren. In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of 10 years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016,” she continued. “Her claims are obviously false but I still tried, repeatedly, to work things out with my mother. Contrary to what she’s saying, I haven’t left my children’s side since the accident except to visit the cemetery to make arrangements.”

    Vanessa also said that earlier this year she was looking a house for her mother. while her mother went on to an interview and said she was forced out of the house. “Even after that betrayal, I was willing to provide my mother with monthly support for the rest of her life, and that wasn’t good enough,” Vanessa Bryant said. “She, instead, contacted me through intermediaries — contrary to what she claims, my phone number hasn’t changed — and demanded $5 million, a house and a Mercedes SUV.”

    Vanessa concluded: “She is now trying to get more money than my husband and I ever spent to provide for her while he was alive. She has no regard for how this is affecting my children and me. She wants to live off of my daughters and me for the rest of her life while continuing to collect monthly alimony from her ex-husband since 2004. My husband and I have never discouraged or kept her from providing for herself. This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”

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