AceShowbiz - Vanessa Bryant reacted to rumors suggesting Los Angeles deputies had shared gruesome pictures from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site. She's "absolutely devastated" and demanded anyone responsible for leaking the photos be punished for their "inexcusable and deplorable" action.
According to her legal team, Vanessa "personally went to the Sheriff's office on January 26th and requested that the area be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers. This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families."
"At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families' privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests," her lawyer continued.
"First responders should be trustworthy. It is inexcusable and deplorable that some deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff's substation, other surrounding substations and LACOFD would allegedly breach their duty. This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families."
"We are demanding that those responsible for these alleged actions face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated. We are requesting an Internal Affairs investigation of these alleged incidents."
Investigations were launched into the matters after images were being passed around by members of the Lost Hills Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Rumor has it, at least one department official had the gruesome images on his cell phone "in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation." One trainee deputy allegedly tried to use the photos to "impress a girl" at a bar, prompting the bartender, who overheard the conversation, to file an online complaint with staff at the Sheriff's Department.
"Mrs. Bryant is grateful to the individual who filed an online complaint exposing these acts of injustice, and for the choice to protect human dignity," Vanessa's legal counsel said.