Vanessa Bryant claims her mother is trying to “extort” her family with a lawsuit that she filed against the widow earlier this week, according to a report.
Sofia Laine claims in her new suit that Kobe Bryant promised to take care of her indefinitely — but after his January death, Vanessa has failed to make good on the commitment and has even ordered her to move out of the home that the basketball player let her live in, TMZ reported.
Laine claimed in her suit that she was the couple’s nanny for 18 years, working long hours without breaks or meals including on holidays and weekends all without pay, the outlet reported.
Vanessa called her mom’s lawsuit “frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful,” according to the report.
Vanessa said Laine was never a personal assistant or nanny for the family, noting that as a stay-at-home mom Vanessa took care of their daughters full time herself, according to the report.
“She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do,” Vanessa said adding that Laine is now seeking $96 per hour in back pay for the near two-decades of claimed unpaid work, according to the outlet.
“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” Vanessa said, according to TMZ.
Vanessa claimed she supported her mom for 20 years and that the pair let Laine live on one of their properties for free. Then, when Vanessa began seeking a new home for her mom “a week later, she went on television and gave an interview disparaging our family,” according to the report.
Vanessa claims she has tried to work things out with her mom who eventually “demanded $5 million, a house and a Mercedes SUV,” the outlet reported.
“She is now trying to get more money than my husband and I ever spent to provide for her while he was alive,” Vanessa said. “She has no regard for how this is affecting my children and me.”
Vanessa claimed her mom is seeking this money all while she is still getting alimony after her 2004 divorce.
“My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy,” the statement concluded, according to the outlet.
NBA star Kobe died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash that also killed his and Vanessa’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Since Kobe’s death Vanessa has been embroiled in various legal battles after she filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions from the helicopter company and the dead pilot’s estate. Vanessa also sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff for sharing graphic photos of the crash.