Vanessa Bryant is accusing her mother of trying to “extort a financial windfall” from her family after husband Kobe Bryant’s untimely death, through a new lawsuit.
According to court documents filed Tuesday in California that were obtained by PEOPLE, Sofia Laine, 68, is suing her daughter Vanessa, 38, for financial support, claiming she worked unpaid as a “longtime personal assistant and nanny” for the family. Laine adds in the lawsuit that before his death on Jan. 26 at age 41, Kobe had “promised to take care of” his mother-in-law “for the rest of her life.”
“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.”