LA firefighter denies displaying pics of Bryant’s physique at gala after helicopter crash


A Los Angeles County firefighter denied underneath oath Wednesday that he confirmed images of Kobe Bryant’s mangled physique to friends at a gala lower than a month after the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others.

Tony Imbrenda — who took the stand as a part of a federal invasion-of-privacy lawsuit filed by Bryant’s widow Vanessa — additionally refuted claims that his girlfriend had tried to indicate the disturbing pictures to a different crash sufferer’s relative.

“My girlfriend had no information of the images,” Imbrenda replied after Vanessa Bryant’s legal professional Luis Li asserted: “Your girlfriend was excited concerning the photos.”

It got here after Luella Weireter, whose cousin Keri Altobelli died within the 2020 crash, testified final week that Imbrenda’s accomplice had invited attendees of California’s Golden Mike Awards on February 15, 2020 to view images of the wreckage, Regulation and Crime reported.

However Imbrenda testified Wednesday there was “no manner” his girlfriend requested Weireter and the group she was with to take a look at the pics.

The firefighter, nevertheless, acknowledged that he had proven different folks on the occasion pictures of the crash website — however denied that any have been of Bryant’s corpse.

Kobe Bryant was one in every of 9 victims in a 2020 helicopter crash.
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Imbrenda additionally acknowledged his gal pal had no information of the disturbing images that have been allegedly shared amongst first responders following the Jan. 26, 2020 crash.

“My girlfriend had no information of the images,” Imbrenda informed the courtroom.

“Are you testifying that your girlfriend was not animated when she went over to Luella Weireter” to ask to see the images, Li then requested.

“I’m adamantly testifying that’s not true,” Imbrenda replied. 

John and Keri Altobelli both died in the fiery crash in California.
John and Keri Altobelli each died within the fiery crash in California.

Weireter had informed the jury that she overheard one other firefighter, Sky Cornell, say through the swanky occasion, “I can’t consider I simply checked out Kobe’s wiped out physique and now I’m about to eat,” Li mentioned Wednesday, citing the prior testimony.

Final week, Weireter mentioned in courtroom she was “disgusted, shocked and was simply making an attempt to carry my composure” when she glanced over and noticed Imbrenda sharing the pics.

Imbrenda additionally mentioned on the stand Wednesday he took images on the scene the day after the crash and was additionally despatched images from others since he was the county’s info officer.

Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant died in Calabasas, Calif.,
Vanessa Bryant introduced ahead the federal lawsuit after first responders allegedly handed images of the crash scene round.

“As I mentioned I can’t converse to what my actions resulted in. I might by no means have interaction in conduct that may damage households,” Imbrenda replied when Li informed him, “What you probably did on the gala damage the Bryant household.”

One other witness Wednesday, LA fireplace Capt. Erik Scott mentioned he noticed a number of images from Imbrenda on the gala, however the two solely mentioned how you can deal with a media frenzy, not about Kobe’s stays.

Scott is the division’s present public info officer.

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