Who is Vanessa Bryant?
Vanessa Bryant is widely known as the wife of former NBL legend Kobe Bryant. Vanessa met Kobe in 1999 when she was working as a background model on a music video and was engaged just six months later. The couple together had four beautiful daughters: Natalia, 18, Gianna, Bianka, 4, and Capri Bryant.
Also known as Laine, V38-year-old Vanessa had an Instagram post on the public memorial for Kobe was captioned: “#2, #24, #20 Years as a Laker and the number of years Kob and I were together.” She made her Instagram page public for the first time since his death on January 30, 2020.
Kobe always referred to Vanessa as “my Queen” and “best friend” in an Instagram post just eight weeks before he and the couple’s daughter Gianna, 13, died in the tragic helicopter crash. Ahead of his hubby’s death, she shared heartwarming photos of her eldest daughter Natalia celebrating her 18th birthday.
Vanessa captioned: “Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are.
Vanessa Bryant Filed For Divorce in 2011
The pair enjoyed each other’s company as Kobe took on a date to Disneyland tonight to celebrate old school style (pre 4princesses). However, Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011, citing “irreconcilable differences”. She was expected to receive half of Kobe’s $150million fortune,
But the couple patched things up and called off the divorce in 2013.
Where was Vanessa When Kobe’s Helicopter Crashed?
Vanessa was not on board the helicopter when it came down, and is believed to have been at home at the time of the tragic crash.
Kobe and Gianna, herself a promising basketball player, were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice when the chopper crashed at around 10 am on January 26, 2020 – in conditions that had forced the LAPD to ground their own helicopters.
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Kobe Bryant Rape Case
Kobe Bryant Rape Allegations
Initially, in 2003, Kobe was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. Prosecutors dropped the charges after the accuser declined to testify. She later brought a civil case against the Los Angeles Laker, which was settled out of court in 2005.
Hours after Kobe’s death, “Westworld” actress Evan Rache Wood tweeted, “What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe’s family. He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously.”
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Vanessa posted on Saturday to her Instagram Story that the tweet was just coming to her attention over a year later.
“Your false, insensitive, defamatory and slanderous tweet on 1/26/20 is vile and disturbing, to say the least,” she wrote over a screenshot of the original tweet. “Behavior like this is part of the reason why innocent black men go to jail for crimes they didn’t commit. An accusation doesn’t make someone guilty.”
Actress Kyla Pratt responded that she admired Wood’s work, but “this tweet? How f–king dare you?”
Vanessa posted and thanked Pratt for her response to Wood on Saturday.
Wood later deleted both tweets after more online criticism, the outlet reported. The actress has not yet publicly commented on Bryant’s post, but she has since posted to her own Instagram Stories with a screenshot of a tweet from marketing executive Steven Bartlett criticizing the social media platform.
Vanessa sent the same message to film producer Abigail Disney, who tweeted at the time, “The man was a rapist. Deal with it.”
Fans immediately came to Kobe’s defense in 2020 after Wood’s tweet, including Dr. Dolittle actress Kayla Pratt.
Evan Rachel Wood Now
Earlier this month, Wood named her alleged abuser as ex-fiancé Marilyn Manson.
“He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years,” she claimed. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”