LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant’s widow has denounced a lawsuit from her mom claiming she is owed years of pay for working as an unpaid assistant and help promised by the basketball legend, who was killed in a helicopter crash in January.
Vanessa Bryant issued a press release Thursday saying her mom was attempting to “extort a monetary windfall,” the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
The 48-page lawsuit filed by Sofia Urbieta Laine, 68, claims Kobe Bryant “promised to take care” of her for all times.
“Sadly, Kobe Bryant’s promise didn’t see the sunshine of day as he’s now deceased and Vanessa Bryant took each step she might to void and cancel all of Kobe’s guarantees,” the lawsuit claims, asserting that Vanessa Bryant by no means supposed to honor these needs.
Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others died Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed within the hills of Calabasas. Monetary consultants estimate Vanessa Bryant inherited management of an property price as much as $600 million, the Occasions mentioned.
Vanessa Bryant’s assertion mentioned she and her husband allowed her mom to stay at no cost in one among their properties on the tony Newport Seashore coast however by no means promised her something or discouraged her from offering for herself.
“She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request,” Vanessa Bryant mentioned. “She now desires to again cost me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren. In actuality, she solely sometimes babysat my older women after they have been toddlers.”
Vanessa Bryant mentioned that earlier this yr she started on the lookout for a brand new house for her mom and that her mom gave a TV interview during which she claimed she was being pressured out of her house and to return a luxurious automobile.
“Even after that betrayal, I used to be prepared to offer my mom with month-to-month help for the remainder of her life, and that wasn’t adequate,” Vanessa Bryant mentioned. “She, as a substitute, contacted me by means of intermediaries — opposite to what she claims, my cellphone quantity hasn’t modified — and demanded $5 million, a home and a Mercedes SUV.”
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