Vanessa Bryant To Donate $16,000,000 Lawsuit Settlement To Kobe Bryant's Foundation

Vanessa Bryant has discussed her plans for the $16 million (£13.5 million) settlement she received when a judge determined that images of Kobe Bryant's helicopter accident had been published illegally.

Chris Chester, who also lost his wife Sarah and daughter Payton, 13, in the same disaster, and who was given an additional $15 million (£12.6 million) in damages, had sued Los Angeles County with Mrs. Bryant.

The LA Lakers player's remains and those of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the wreckage that sheriff's deputies and firefighters who responded to the scene of the helicopter crash unlawfully photographed and shared with others, including at a bar and gala event, according to the jury in the invasion of privacy trial.

According to Mrs. Bryant's attorney Luis Li, she intends to honour their memories by giving the money she has been granted to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation of the LA Lakers player.

He said in a statement via the Los Angeles Times: ‘From the beginning, Vanessa Bryant has sought only accountability, but our legal system does not permit her to force better policies, more training or officer discipline."

‘Those measures are the responsibility of the sheriff’s and fire departments — responsibilities that Mrs. Bryant’s efforts have exposed as woefully deficient, even giving amnesty to the wrongdoers.’

Li added: ‘It is Mrs Bryant’s hope that this important civil rights case will put to a stop this abhorrent and callous behaviour.’

The LA County attorney unsuccessfully contended that "site photography is crucial" and that the photos of the helicopter accident, which claimed nine lives overall, had not been made available to the public.

Two other families who lost loved ones in the collision received $2.5 million (£2.1 million) in November of last year, although Mrs. Bryant had previously refused to settle.