In a lawsuit, Sofia Laine argues that she should be paid $5 million in back-pay, based on the claim that she was her daughter’s “longtime personal assistant and nanny” to her grandchildren. She also claims Kobe Bryant promised to financially take care of her indefinitely. She’s suign Vanessa and the Kobe Bryant Trust.
in a statement provided to ET, Bryant fired back, basically saying the her mother is not being truthful with the allegations made in the lawuit allegations, and accuses her mother of extortion.
“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,” Vanessa shared in a statement, provided to ET by her rep. “I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time caregivers. 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.”
Vanessa Bryant's Releases Strong Statement After Her Mother Sofia Laine Did an Interview Saying Vanessa Kicked Her Out of The House & Took Her Car Away; Vanessa Explains in Details How Toxic Her Mom Has Been Over The Last 20 Years (Video-Statement) https://t.co/Rh3v0mV1mb pic.twitter.com/wNZ5KIKrAj
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