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Vanessa Bryant leaves courtroom in tears, bartender says agent showed Kobe crash photos

Vanessa Bryant left the courtroom in tears as the bartender left the courtroom on Thursday. After a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy testified that she showed him photos of the tragic helicopter crash site of his late husband, an NBA legend..

Victor Gutierrez testified that his Dep. Joey Cruz showed him a disturbing shot involving mutilated body parts strewn about the hillsides of Calabasas while working at a bar in Norco, Calif., in January 2020.

Gutierrez was asked in the trial regarding Vanessa Bryant's federal lawsuit againstCounty if the photo of the remains was of Kobe Bryant.

``I don't know. I don't know if it's color or not."

Gutierrez said he had seen multiple pictures of bloody remains and asked if there were any that he thought were of a young girl. It could have been Gianna, their 13-year-old daughter. Vanessa Bryant burst into tears.

Her lawyer, Lewis Lee, asked the judge if she could leave the courtroom, but the judge replied, "You don't have to listen."

Her lawyer then played a video of Cruz looking at her cell phone at a bar and laughing as she showed it to the bartender.

Vanessa Bryant teared up as she left court Thursday.
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Whether Cruz is showing basketball pictures When asked, Gutierrez replied, "I don't remember."

Gutierrez testified that he had known Cruz for several years, considered him a friend, and didn't believe he was laughing about the remains of Lakers legend. 37} "What kind of person would laugh at something like'd have to be a psycho to do that," he said.

Rafael Mendez Jr. — A bar customer who filed a report with the LA County Sheriff's Department that Cruise showed the photo to Gutierrez — later observed the lieutenant displaying the image.

Bartender Victor Gutierrez testified at trial for Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash.
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You said you went to a bar on January 1st. On February 28, 2020, I heard Gutierrez talking about how Cruz displayed the photos.

Mendes said he filed a complaint with the sheriff's office after leaving the bar. Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by Captain Jorge Valdes.

Almost a month later, Mendez said he read an article about his complaint, which irritated him because Valdez had promised to keep his name anonymous.

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Mendez called Valdez back on March 1, 2020, saying, I expressed my contempt," he said. About the obvious leak,” said Frustration.

The captain is said to have said to him, "You know you don't have to if you don't want to." Mendes testified, referring to reporters.

Bryant's attorney then played a clip of LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Valdes, and other officials being interviewed by reporters on February 26, 2020.

In that clip, the reporter was aware that a complaint had been filed with the office that they were sharing photos taken at the crash site by first responders and deputies. Valdez says he was unaware of any such complaints. "He lies that he was unaware of the complaint. He was the first person I spoke to regarding my complaint."