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Vanessa Bryant has been thru a lot over the last year and it seems as if her mother plans to make her life even more difficult after filing lawsuit citing neglect and unpaid wages—and now Vanessa is speaking out.

 

According to published reports, Vanessa Bryant’s mother, Sofia Laine, has filed a lawsuit against her daughter for financial support, claiming she worked unpaid as a “longtime personal assistant and nanny” for the family. Adding that before his untimely death on Jan. 26, Kobe had “promised to take care of” his mother-in-law “for the rest of her life.”

On Thursday (Dec 17), Vanessa Bryant took to social media to speak out against the “hurtful” lawsuit, calling the suit an “extortion attempt” that her mom is trying to legalize in court.

“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” Vanessa Bryant wrote. “I have supported her for nearly twenty years, and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.  I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time care givers.“

Bryant also claims that she and Kobe Bryant paid for her mother’s home for more than 20 years after she could no longer afford her previous lifestyle after her divorce.

“For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce” Bryant continued.  “My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home.  She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request.”

In regards to Laine’s claim that prior to his death, Koe promised to “take care of her for life,” Bryant denies that the legend mad the promise before noting that he would be “disappointed” in her mother’s “lack of empathy.”

“My husband never promised my mother anything,” says Vanessa, “and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”
Read Vanessa Bryant’s full statement below.
“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family.  I have supported her for nearly twenty years, and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.  I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time care givers.  For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce.  My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home.  She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request.She now wants to back charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren. In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of ten years ago, our kids were full time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016.  Her claims are obviously false but I still tried, repeatedly, to work things out with my mother.  Contrary to what she’s saying, I haven’t left my children’s side since the accident except to visit the cemetery to make arrangements.  Earlier this year, I was looking for a new home for her and, a week later, she went on television and gave an interview disparaging our family and making false accusations while living rent-free in a gated apartment complex in Newport Coast. Even after that betrayal, I was willing to provide my mother with monthly support for the rest of her life and that wasn’t good enough. She, instead, contacted me through intermediaries (contrary to what she claims, my phone number hasn’t changed) and demanded $5 million, a house and a Mercedes SUV.  Because I did not give in to her hurtful threats and monetary requests, she has spiraled out of control and is making false and absurd claims.  She is now trying to get more money than my husband and I ever spent to provide for her while he was alive.  She has no regard for how this is affecting my children and me. She wants to live off of my daughters and me for the rest of her life while continuing to collect monthly alimony from her ex-husband since 2004.

My husband and I have never discouraged or kept her from providing for herself.  This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful.  My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”

Vanessa Bryant Responds To Her Mother’s Lawsuit: “Her Claims Are Obviously False.”  was originally published on hiphopwired.com

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