The pain of losing both Gianna and Kobe Bryant , and that won't change. Along the way, , one of which included a battle to keep the plane crash photos away from the public eye, and that was a battle she succeeded in.
There was another lawsuit Vanessa faced, and this one included her mother, Sofia Laine. According to Laine's lawsuit, she was promised a compensation by Kobe prior to his passing for the help she extended with the children as the nanny. Although Vanessa Bryant tried to reconcile with her mom, things went too far and the dilemma went public.
In the following, we're going to take a closer look at Sofia's claims and the sum she was asking for in return. According to Vanessa, it was a way for her mother to extort the family. The court case was eventually settled, but it doesn't appear as though the relationship between both sides was a salvageable one.
As if dealing with her husband's passing wasn't hard enough, along with her daughter - Vanessa Bryant was faced with another situation that involved her mother. According to the lawsuit, Sofia Laine was seeking money for unpaid wages. prior to his passing.
The lawsuit according to the writes, “Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant’s promise did not see the light of day as he is now deceased and Vanessa Bryant took each and every step she could to void and cancel all of Kobe’s promises."
The lawsuit was 48-pages long. Vanessa Bryant did admit that she quietly tried to make things right with her mom, trying to find her a home. However, the demands got out of hand.
Bryant revealed, “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,” she said.
She continues, “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.”
Ultimately, Vanessa stated that it was a plan to get money out of the family.
Sofia Laine made some major accusations, and her services apparently did not come cheap. According to Vanessa Bryant, This lasted 18 years, apparently.
Bryant revealed, "She’s continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” she added. “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."
Bryant would go on to reveal that her mom's claims were completely false, and that she only saw the children on occasion. Despite all of that, Bryant still tried to make things right with her mom.
"In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of 10 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.”
Ultimately, the lawsuit between both sides did reach a settlement.
Back in the summer of 2021, revealed that the court came up with a settlement between Vanessa Bryant and her mother. However, the source notes that the verdict was no disclosed and kept quiet.
"Case closed. Vanessa Bryant settled a lawsuit filed against her by her mother, Sofia Laine, Us Weekly can confirm. While the terms of the settlement are private, the case is over."
It seems like the two aren't on talking terms since the lawsuit was settled. As for Kobe Bryant's actual inheritance, it went directly to his children and wife Vanessa. Surely, he did not intend for any type of complication, though at the very least a settlement was reached with his wife and mother-in-law.