Vanessa Bryant denies she has evicted her mom and slams her 'audacity'

Vanessa Bryant denies she has evicted her mom and slams her 'audacity'

‘I have NOT kicked her out’: Vanessa Bryant denies that she has evicted her mom and attacks her for having the ‘audacity’ to claim that she had during a TV interview while she was still grieving Kobe and Gigi

  • The widow of NBA star Kobe was forced to defend herself after her mother Sofia Laine gave an explosive interview to Univision airing Monday   
  • ‘She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house,’ Laine told the host 
  • She added: ‘She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now’ 
  • Bryant blasted Laine for ‘shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name’ while she continues to mourn the deaths of Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna
  • In a statement for the show Bryant accused her mom of hiding her diamonds and furniture ‘to make it look like she doesn’t have my support’ 
  • Bryant also dismissed reports her mom has been her ‘rock’ saying ‘she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive’ of her since Kobe’s death
  • Kobe and Gianna died in a California helicopter crash back in January 
  • Laine was last pictured with Vanessa in a Thanksgiving family photo 
  • Kobe was close to Laine and didn’t have a great relationship with his parents 

Vanessa Bryant has denied that she kicked her mom out of her home and attacked her for having the ‘audacity’ to make these claims in a TV interview while she is grieving the loss of her husband Kobe and their daughter Gianna. 

The widow of NBA star Kobe was forced to defend herself after her mother Sofia Laine gave an explosive interview to Univision airing Monday where she wept that her daughter had evicted her and stripped her of some of her belongings.  

Bryant blasted Laine for ‘shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name’ while she continues to mourn for Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna, who both died in a tragic California helicopter crash back in January. 

She accused her mom of hiding her diamonds and furniture ‘to make it look like she doesn’t have my support’ and slammed her for proving what is ‘most important’ to her. 

Bryant also dismissed insider reports that her mom has been her ‘rock’ in recent months saying ‘she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive’ of her or her three other children as they adjust to life without Kobe and Gianna. 

Vanessa Bryant (pictured at the memorial service for Kobe and Gianna in February) has denied that she kicked her mom out of her home and attacked her for having the ‘audacity’ to make these claims while she is grieving for her husband Kobe and their daughter Gianna

Pictured left to right Natalia, Vanessa, Kobe, Bianka, Gianna and Sofia.Bryant blasted Laine for ‘shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name’ while she continues to mourn the tragic deaths of Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna

‘My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name,’ Bryant said in a statement to the TV show.

‘She has removed all her diamond jewellery, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support.’

Bryant went on to say that she and Kobe have supported her mom for decades and blasted her public accusations ‘painful’.

‘My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony,’ said Bryant. 

She continued: ‘Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away.

‘Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.’ 

Laine hit out at her daughter in the Univision interview Monday, alleging she demanded she ‘get out of this house’ and immediately return a vehicle.

The widow of NBA star Kobe was forced to defend herself after her mother Sofia Laine gave an explosive interview to Univision airing Monday where she wept that her daughter had evicted her and stripped her of some of her belongings (pictured Laine in the interview)

‘She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house.’ She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,’ Laine told interviewer Dave Valadez 

‘She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house.’ She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,’ Laine told interviewer Dave Valadez through tears on the Spanish language show ‘El Gorda y La Flaca.’  

It is not clear what may have caused the apparent rift between Bryant and her mom, who was spotted regularly with the family when Kobe and Gianna were alive.  

Laine was last pictured with Vanessa in a Thanksgiving family photo that was posted on Kobe’s Instagram account last November.

The family owns multiple properties on the Newport Coast and Sofia used to live in one until it was sold in 2013.

After the basketball legend’s death, a source told Us Weekly that Laine was helping her daughter and grandchildren – Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

‘[Vanessa] is incredibly close to her mom and her mom has been her rock throughout the past few weeks,’ the insider said. 

Laine is pictured touching Bryant’s stomach last year when she was pregnant with her youngest daughter. Bryant has dismissed reports her mom has been her ‘rock’ in recent months saying ‘she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive’ of her or her three other children since the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Laine (left next to Gianna Bryant) was last pictured with Vanessa in a Thanksgiving family photo posted on Kobe’s Instagram

Bryant accused her mom of hiding her diamonds and furniture ‘to make it look like she doesn’t have my support’ and slammed her for proving what is ‘most important’ to her. Pictured Vanessa, Kobe and Vanessa’s mom Sofia Laine leaving a basketball game in 2015

It is not clear what may have caused the apparent rift between Bryant and her mom, who was spotted regularly with the family when Kobe and Gianna were alive. Sofia is with the Bryants supporting Kobe at a 2015 game 

Vanessa Bryant sues LA County Sheriff over graphic Kobe crash photos  

Vanessa Bryant is suing LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his department over graphic photos allegedly taken by deputies of the doomed helicopter crash that killed Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, in January. 

Eight sheriff’s deputies took cellphone photos of the victims’ bodies and showed them to their colleagues, the suit claims.  

‘No fewer than 8 sheriff’s deputies at the crash site, pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches,’ the lawsuit reads, according to TMZ. 

‘The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.’ 

The lawsuit reveals the deputies’ actions were exposed when one deputy showed the photos to a woman at a bar he was trying to impress and a bartender called the sheriff’s department to blow the whistle.

The suit alleges Villanueva specifically embarked on a cover-up that amounted to destruction of evidence, telling deputies they would not be disciplined if they deleted the images. 

Villanueva also did not tell the bereaved families about the photos and they only learned of their existence in the media, the suit alleges.

Bryant says in the suit she fears the photos will surface online. 

‘Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online,’ it reads.   

Kobe’s widow is seeking unspecified damages, claiming the photos have caused severe emotional distress. 

‘Her mom is always with her and the girls and she’s been keeping Vanessa strong and she’s the weight of her support system.’ 

Laine also appeared to be very close to her son-in-law Kobe and was waiting outside his locker room in 2015 after he played his last game.

Their relationship may have been even more special because Kobe admitted he didn’t get along with his own parents.

It’s not clear how Vanessa and her mother’s relationship was at Kobe’s memorial in February. 

Singer Beyonce was seen comforting the widow at the LA Lakers’ home of the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the service.

It’s unclear where Laine – who also has a daughter named Sophie Laine – could be living now.

The grandmother divorced Vanessa’s stepfather in 2003 after 13 years of marriage on claims that he cheated. He denied the claims.

In 2011 when Vanessa and Kobe almost split over infidelity matters, Vanessa’s estranged stepfather – whose last name she took as a child – compared her to her mother.

‘Her mother taught her well to wait for the 10-year mark,’ Stephen Laine said about their 10-year union. 

‘In California, it’s considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries… just like her mother is doing to me. I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly, they don’t need it.’   

The public spat between the mom and daughter comes as Bryant filed a lawsuit against the LA County Sheriff’s department over graphic photos allegedly taken by deputies at the scene of the crash that killed Kobe and Gianna.  

Kobe, 41, and Gianna died in a Calabasas, California helicopter crash along with seven other passengers and a pilot on January 26. 

The other victims were longtime Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli, his wife Keri, their daughter Alyssa, assistant basketball coach at the Mamba Sports Academy Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, 45, and her daughter, Payton, 13, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

Kobe and Gianna attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center in November 2019. They both died in the helicopter crash in January

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