Six months after winning her lawsuit against Los Angeles County, Vanessa Bryant agreed to settle her outstanding issues with officials for nearly $29 million.
The family of the late Kobe Bryant has agreed to a $28.5 million settlement with Los Angeles County to resolve the remaining claims in a lawsuit over deputies and fire-fighters sharing photos of the NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter and other victims killed in a 2020 helicopter crash, attorneys and court filings said Tuesday.
The settlement includes a newly agreed upon payment from the county of $13.5 million along with the $15 million a federal jury awarded Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, at a trial in August.
The agreement resolves any future claims by Bryant’s three surviving daughters, related issues pending in state court, and other costs. A proposed settlement order, which a judge must approve, was filed Tuesday in federal court.
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In the filing, Vanessa’s legal team noted “the settlement agreement also resolves similar claims” from her and Kobe’s daughters Natalia, 20, Bianka, 6, and Capri, 3. It’s conditional on court approval concerning her minor children.
The family will receive nearly $29 million as part of the settlement, according to Mira Hashmall, partner at the Miller Barondess law firm and lead trial counsel for L.A. County in the case.
“We believe the settlement approved by the Board in the Bryant case is fair and reasonable,” she said in a statement to NBC News. “The $28,850,000 settlement includes the verdict awarded by the federal jury in August 2022, and further resolves all outstanding issues related to pending legal claims in state court, future claims by the Bryant children, and other costs, with each party responsible for its respective attorneys’ fees.”
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