Vanessa Bryant broke down on the stand Friday as she recalled the harrowing moment she first learned that graphic images of her late-NBA legend husband’s gory helicopter crash scene had been leaked by first responders.
The 40-year-old sobbed heavily and gasped for air in the Los Angeles courtroom as she testified how she had to run outside her home so her surviving daughters wouldn’t see her cry after reading a local media report about the leaked photos.
“I felt like I wanted to run down the block and scream,” Bryant, who said she was breastfeeding her youngest at the time, told the court. “I can’t escape my body. I can’t escape what I feel.”
Bryant added that she suffers panic attacks over the fear that the gory images of her husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s mangled remains could one day surface online.
“I live in fear I live in fear every day of seeing on social media and having these images pop up,” she testified, adding that she hasn’t seen them.
“I don’t ever want to see these photographs,” Bryant said. “I want to remember them as they were.”
The NBA legend’s widow took to the stand as part of her federal invasion of privacy trial regarding photos of the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna and seven others in Calabasas in Jan. 2020.
She is seeking unspecified millions in damages from Los Angeles County after first responders allegedly passed around gory images of the wreck and mangled remains.
Bryant has repeatedly broken down during the trial so far as multiple witnesses testified about being shown the graphic images in the wake of the crash.
The mom had to leave the courtroom in tears last week after bartender Victor Gutierrez testified a sheriff’s deputies had once shown him snapshots of severed body parts while sitting at the bar.
Another sheriff’s deputy, Mike Russell, admitted under oath on Tuesday that he sent the images to a colleague while they were playing “Call of Duty.”
Meanwhile, firefighter Tony Imbrenda denied Wednesday that he showed the gruesome images to guests at a gala less than a month after the fatal crash.