Vanessa’s co-plaintiff makes nearly $20 million

Los Angeles County has agreed to pay one of two plaintiffs $19.95 million in a recent lawsuit over gruesome photos of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant in January 2020.

The settlement with Chris Chester’s family includes a $15million verdict awarded to him last month after a two-week jury trial where Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, also won a $15million judgment . In exchange for accepting a higher amount, Chester also agreed to settle any pending litigation or future claims by him or his family after losing his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Payton, in the same accident.

Bryant did not settle with the county. Both sued the county for invasion of privacy in 2020 and eventually presented their cases to a civil jury in August. They alleged county sheriff and fire department employees used their personal phones to share and post photos of their deceased family members at the scene of the crash, despite having no legitimate reason to do it.

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