Vanessa Bryant Claims Mother is Attempting to ‘Extort’ Her with Lawsuit After Kobe’s Death

by Charles Craighill

After the horrific death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash in February, Kobe’s mother-in-law is suing her daughter, Vanessa Bryant. According to Vanessa, the new lawsuit intends to “extort a financial windfall” from the family. This “frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful” lawsuit comes in a long line of events between Vanessa and her mother.

In a September interview with Univision, Sofia Liane (Vanessa Bryant’s mother) accused her daughter of several things. Among these, Liane claimed that Bryant’s family forced her out of her home and demanded she return a car. According to Vanessa, the family provided for her financially even after the interview.

“Earlier this year, I was looking for a new home for her,” Bryant said in her statement. “A week later, she went on television and gave an interview disparaging our family. She made false accusations while living rent-free in a gated apartment complex in Newport Coast.”

She added that “even after that betrayal, I was willing to provide my mother with monthly support for the rest of her life and that wasn’t good enough.”

The Newest Lawsuit against Vanessa Bryant and her Family

Now, almost a year after the accident, Liane is suing her widowed daughter for financial support. According to Liane, she worked unpaid for several years as a nanny and also a personal assistant. Liane wants back pay for $96 an hour on 12 hour days for 18 years. Liane claims that Kobe Bryant “promised to take care of her for the rest of her life.”

In her statement, Liane also said, “Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant’s promises did not see the light of day as he is now deceased, and Vanessa Bryant took each and every step she could to void and cancel all of Kobe Bryant’s promises made to [Laine]. Vanessa Bryant did not intend to honor any of the Bryants’ representations, agreements, and promises at any stage.”

However, Bryant has a different perspective of the story:

“For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce,” she tells People Magazine in her statement. “My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home. She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses.”

All in all, Bryant believes that Kobe “never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”