Vanessa Bryant co-plaintiff reaches nearly $20 million settlement in crash photos case

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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 covers 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. By settling for nearly $20 million, Chester agreed to resolve all pending litigation or future claims by him or his family after he lost his wife and daughter in the same crash.

Bryant has not settled with the county. Both brought their cases to trial in federal court last month after suing the county for invasion of privacy. 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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