Vanessa Bryant’s Mother Suing Her For Financial Support, Claims Kobe Promised To ‘Take Care’ Of Her For ‘Life’

Vanessa Bryant’s mother, Sofia Laine claims she worked for the Bryant family as an unpaid longtime personal asst. and nanny. We’ve obtained the court documents.

Vanessa Bryant‘s soured relationship with her mother, Sofia Laine has turned legal. According to court documents filed on Tuesday, December 16, in California and obtained by HollywoodLife, Laine, 68, is suing her daughter, 38, for financial support, claiming she was unpaid as a “longtime personal assistant and nanny” for the Bryant family. In the 48-page lawsuit, Laine alleges that — before his January 26 death in a tragic helicopter crash at age 41 — Kobe Bryant had “promised to take care of” his mother-in-law “for the rest of her life.”

Vanessa has since responded to her mother’s lawsuit, telling HollywoodLife in a lengthy statement, via her representative, on December 17, “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.” (See full statement below)

In the court documents, Laine’s attorney(s) state, “Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant’s promises 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 Bryant’s promises made to [Laine]. Vanessa Bryant did not intend to honor any of the Bryants’ representations, agreements and promises at any stage.”

For her part, Vanessa claims (via statement) that Laine “was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny” to the couple’s daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, 18-month-old Capri and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, who died alongside her father in the aforementioned helicopter crash that also killed seven others in Southern California in late January.

“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,” Vanessa states, before explaining, “I have supported her [Laine] for nearly twenty years, and I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time care givers.” Vanessa added, “She [Laine] was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request.”

Now, Vanessa alleges that her mother “wants to back charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren.” Supporting her argument further, Vanessa explains, “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,” she continued, noting, “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.”

See Vanessa Bryant’s full statement to HollywoodLife in response to Sofia Laine’s lawsuit 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.”

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