Kobe Bryant's grieving wife is reportedly "absolutely devastated" at the accusation that police have been showing off horrific pictures of his body after the fatal helicopter crash.
Vanessa , 37 lost her husband Kobe, 41 and their daughter Gianna, 13, – another seven people died when the helicopter crashed into an LA hillside.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies linked to the alleged leak of the victims' remains, were told they would not get in trouble if they deleted the pictures, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Vanessa's lawyer Gary Robb said that his client had gone to the sheriff's office on January 26, the day of the crash, to request that the area "be designated a no-fly zone and protected from photographers".
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Robb said: “This was of critical importance to her as she desired to protect the dignity of all the victims, and their families.
"At that time, Sheriff Alex Villanueva assured us all measures would be put in place to protect the families’ privacy, and it is our understanding that he has worked hard to honor those requests."
Vanessa's attorney described the allegations police showed the photos off in a bar as “an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families."
He called for those who shared the photos to “face the harshest possible discipline, and that their identities be brought to light, to ensure that the photos are not further disseminated."
Public safety sources told the Los Angeles Times that the deputies were told they'd be let off the hook if they came clean at the station and deleted the disturbing pictures – which could amount to the destruction of evidence.
The Times' damning report prompted an investigation by the Sheriff’s Department after the crash site photos were allegedly used by an LA cop to impress a girl at a bar following the fatal crash.
Patti Giggans, chairwoman of the sheriff’s department’s Civilian Oversight Commission, said the incident was “completely unprofessional” and “very regrettable.”
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The commission's Executive Director Brian Williams told the Times his office were going to investigate the allegations.
In a statement issued on Friday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the alleged misuse of the photos, promising “a thorough investigation.”
Villanueva didn't comment two days ago when he was quizzed about whether he ordered the deletion of the photos, the Times reported.
TMZ reported there as an alleged cover-up of graphic pictures taken by LA County Sheriff's deputies taken at the crash scene – which included remains.
One of them had "tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos," a police source told the publication.
The bartender listened in on the conversation and an online complaint was filed with the Sheriff's Department.
TMZ was also told the images circulated among members of the LA County Fire Department and the Lost Hills Sheriff's substation, who were first on scene – they were shared just two days later.
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Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter were buried two weeks after they tragically died in a helicopter crash alongside seven others as the group was headed to Kobe's Mamba Sports Academy training facility.
The others killed were college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser, a coach at Mamba Sports Academy, passengers Sarah and Payton Chester and pilot Zobayan.
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