Vanessa’s co-plaintiff gets nearly $20 million

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Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $19.95 million to one of the two plaintiffs in a recent trial over gruesome photos from the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant in January 2020.

The settlement with the family of Chris Chester includes a $15 million verdict awarded to him last month after a two-week jury trial where Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, also won a $15 million judgment. In exchange for accepting a higher amount, Chester also agreed to resolve all pending litigation or future claims by him or his family after he lost his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Payton, in the same crash.

Bryant has not settled with the county. Both sued the county for invasion of privacy in 2020 and finally presented their cases to a civil jury in August. They alleged that county sheriff’s and fire department employees used their personal phones to share and display photos of their dead family members from the crash scene despite not having a legitimate reason for doing so.

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