"Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present, nor has she supported us emotionally after my husband and daughter passed away", he said.
Bryant has been not only in mourning but fighting for justice for Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant since they were killed in a helicopter crash in January.
"My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, yet my mother had the audacity to do an interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a auto and house that were not in her name" Vanessa said in a statement on her social media.
After a bartender reported what he witnessed to the sheriff's department, Villanueva went to the sheriff's substation that handled the crash and told the deputies they would not be disciplined if they deleted the photos, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday (Sept 22).
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Representatives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Villanueva had no immediate comment. "One deputy even used his photos of the victims to try to impress a woman at a bar, bragging about how he had been at the crash site", the lawsuit says. "Faced with a scene of unimaginable loss, 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", her lawsuit states.
According to The Times, Bryant is seeking damages for "negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of her right to privacy".
In February, the Los Angeles Times broke the news that deputies took photos at the crash site, and Villanueva later apologized to the victims' families.
Bryant said she was "devastated and distraught" as she met with Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the sheriff's station in Lost Hills that day. He called the alleged behavior "inexcusable and deplorable". The families were not informed of the pictures, only finding out through the media. The action, the suit alleges, compounded the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant for Vanessa Bryant. It would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and $5,000 in fines, for a first responder to use a smartphone or other device to photograph a deceased person for any goal other than official law enforcement business.