Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Prompts New Photo Law in California


Vanessa Bryant is seeing some justice following the death of husband Kobe Bryant in January.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Monday, Sept. 28, that prohibits first responders from taking photos of deceased people at crime scenes.

Assembly Bill 2655 makes it a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 for first responders to take unauthorized photos of bodies, “other than an official law enforcement purpose or a genuine public interest.” It’s cited as an invasion of privacy.  

Vanessa sued the L.A. County Sheriff and the department earlier this month over leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant. In a court filing obtained by E! News, she said the actions left her “confused and distraught.” 

Her lawsuit claimed, “No fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies at the crash site, pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.”

The new California state law takes effect January 1, 2021.