Vanessa Bryant’s Mom Says in Interview She’s Been ‘Abandoned’ by Daughter

Vanessa Bryant and Sofia Laine (Credit: YouTube/Instagram)

Vanessa Bryant’s mother, Sofia Laine, is going public with claims about tensions in the family as they mourn the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Laine sat down with the Univision magazine show El Gordo Y La Flaca, for an interview scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 21. Correspondent David Valadez shared a preview clip on Instagram, which showed Laine wiping away tears as she discussed the situation.

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The clip is in Spanish. Translated to English, Valadez tells viewers Kobe always helped his mother-in-law, but Laine claims she’s been “abandoned” by her daughter. After moving in with the Bryant family, Laine says Vanessa kicked her out and demanded that she immediately return a car she had been using.

“She told me I need you to get out of this house,” Laine says.

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions on Jan. 26. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were also killed.

Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this year, and is seeking damages from Island Express Helicopters, which owned and operated the chopper, and from the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the crash.

According to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa alleges Zobayan failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and was negligent.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.