Vanessa Bryant’s Mother Suing Her For Financial Support, Claims Kobe Promised To ‘Take Care’ Of Her For ‘Life’


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Vanessa Bryant’s mom, Sofia Laine claims she labored for the Bryant household as an unpaid longtime private asst. and nanny. We’ve obtained the court docket paperwork.

Vanessa Bryant‘s soured relationship along with her mom, Sofia Laine has turned authorized. According to court docket paperwork filed on Tuesday, December 16, in California and obtained by HollywoodLife, Laine, 68, is suing her daughter, 38, for monetary help, claiming she was unpaid as a “longtime personal assistant and nanny” for the Bryant household. In the 48-page lawsuit, Laine alleges that — earlier than his January 26 loss of life in a tragic helicopter crash at age 41 — Kobe Bryant had “promised to take care of” his mother-in-law “for the rest of her life.”

Vanessa has since responded to her mom’s lawsuit, telling HollywoodLife in a prolonged assertion, by way of her consultant, on December 17, “This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.” (See full assertion beneath)

(L-R) Vanessa Bryant, Natalia Bryant, Gianna Bryant & Sofia Laine attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center in LA on November 29, 2015. (Photo credit score: AP)

In the court docket paperwork, Laine’s legal professional(s) state, “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.”

For her half, Vanessa claims (by way of assertion) that Laine “was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny” to the couple’s daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, 18-month-old Capri and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, who died alongside her father within the aforementioned helicopter crash that additionally killed seven others in Southern California in late January.

“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” Vanessa states, earlier than explaining, “I have supported her [Laine] for nearly twenty years, and I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time care givers.” Vanessa added, “She [Laine] was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request.”

Now, Vanessa alleges that her mom “wants to back charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren.” Supporting her argument additional, Vanessa explains, “In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of ten years ago, our kids were full time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016. Her claims are obviously false but I still tried, repeatedly, to work things out with my mother,” she continued, noting, “Contrary to what she’s saying, I haven’t left my children’s side since the accident except to visit the cemetery to make arrangements.”

Vanessa & Kobe Bryant with their daughters
Vanessa &Kobe Bryant pictured with daughters Natalia Bryant & Gianna Bryant arrive on the world premiere Of Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ held on the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 26, 2018. (Photo credit score: AP)

See Vanessa Bryant’s full assertion to HollywoodLife in response to Sofia Laine’s lawsuit beneath: 

“My mom is continuous to try to discover methods to extort a monetary windfall from our household. I’ve supported her for practically twenty years, and she or he was by no means my or Kobe’s private assistant, nor was she a nanny. I’ve at all times been a stay-at-home mom and my husband and I had been our daughter’s full-time care givers. For practically 20 years, we organized for my mom to reside in our close by properties, for free of charge to her as a result of she had claimed that she didn’t have any cash to purchase her own residence after her divorce. My husband and I felt it was greatest for her to not reside in our residence. She watched our ladies sometimes, similar to most grandparents do. She didn’t take care of enterprise points or bills. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request. She now desires to again cost me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren.

In actuality, she solely often babysat my older ladies once they had been toddlers. As of ten years in the past, our children had been full time college students and athletes and I didn’t have one other little one till 2016. Her claims are clearly false however I nonetheless tried, repeatedly, to work issues out with my mom. Contrary to what she’s saying, I haven’t left my kids’s aspect for the reason that accident besides to go to the cemetery to make preparations.

Earlier this yr, I used to be searching for a brand new residence for her and, every week later, she went on tv and gave an interview disparaging our household and making false accusations whereas dwelling rent-free in a gated condominium advanced in Newport Coast. Even after that betrayal, I used to be prepared to supply my mom with month-to-month help for the remaining of her life and that wasn’t ok. She, as a substitute, contacted me by means of intermediaries (opposite to what she claims, my cellphone quantity hasn’t modified) and demanded $5 million, a home and a Mercedes SUV. Because I didn’t give in to her hurtful threats and financial requests, she has spiraled out of management and is making false and absurd claims. She is now making an attempt to get extra money than my husband and I ever spent to supply for her whereas he was alive. She has no regard for the way that is affecting my kids and me. She desires to reside off of my daughters and me for the remaining of her life whereas persevering with to gather month-to-month alimony from her ex-husband since 2004. My husband and I’ve by no means discouraged or saved her from offering for herself.

This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful. My husband by no means promised my mom something, and he could be so upset in her conduct and lack of empathy.”

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