Vanessa Bryant says her mom is trying to 'extort a financial windfall'

Vanessa Bryant accuses her mother of trying to ‘extort $5M’ from the family after Kobe’s death by filing a lawsuit claiming the star athlete promised to take care of her

  • Earlier in the week, Sofia Laine claimed in a suit that she was promised by late star that he would take care of her for the rest of her life
  • Vanessa Bryant took to her Instagram story Thursday to defend both her and Kobe’s treatment of her mother over the past two decades
  • ‘My mother is continuing to find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,’ she said in the post 
  • She said that while her mother did watch her granddaughters, Sofia Laine ‘did not take care of business issues or expenses’ 
  • Vanessa blasted her mother for having ‘no regard’ for how her actions were impacting her and her daughters 
  • Laine’s suit is seeking financial support from the 38-year-old widow 
  • In September, Laine hit out at her daughter a the Univision interview, alleging she demanded she ‘get out of this house’ and immediately return a vehicle 

Vanessa Bryant has slammed her mother Sofia Laine for attempting to ‘extort $5 million from our family’ by claiming in a lawsuit that her daughter left her out in the cold after Kobe Bryant’s  death. 

Earlier in the week, Laine claimed in a suit that she was promised by the late star that he would take care of her for the rest of her life. She claimed Vanessa left her out to dry after her son-in-law and granddaughter died in January.

But Vanessa took to her Instagram story Thursday to defend both her and Kobe’s treatment of her mother over the past two decades. 

‘My mother is continuing to find ways to extort a financial windfall from our family,’ she said in the post. ‘I have supported her for nearly twenty years, and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.’

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Earlier in the week, Sofia Laine (left pictured with Vanessa Bryant) claimed in a suit that she was promised by the late star that he would take care of her for the rest of her life and that she had worked as an unpaid assistant and nanny. She claimed Vanessa left her out to dry after her son-in-law and granddaughter (pictured right) died in January

Vanessa took to her Instagram story Thursday to defend both her and Kobe’s treatment of her mother over the past two decades

Describing herself as a ‘stay-at-home mother,’ Vanessa asserted that she and her husband had always been the ‘full-time care givers’ for their daughters. 

‘For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she claimed that she didn’t have money to buy her own home after her divorce,’ Vanessa continued. 

Vanessa claimed that she and Kobe both decided that it was best that Sofia Laine not live in their home.

She said that while her mother did watch her granddaughters, Sofia Laine ‘did not take care of business issues or expenses.’ 

‘She now wants to back charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren,’ Vanessa said. ‘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.’ 

Vanessa claimed that she and Kobe both decided that it was best that Sofia Laine not live in their home


Denying the claims from her mother, calling them ‘obviously false,’ Vanessa said that she did still try to work things out with her mom. ‘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,’ Vanessa said

Vanessa Bryant speaks about the loss of her daughter and husband during their memorial in Los Angeles on February 24

Denying the claims from her mother, calling them ‘obviously false,’ Vanessa said that she did still try to work things out with her mom. 

‘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,’ she said.

‘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.’ 

Vanessa blasted her mother for having ‘no regard’ for how her actions were impacting her and her daughters. 

In September, Laine hit out at her daughter in the Univision interview, alleging she demanded she ‘get out of this house’ and immediately return a vehicle

It is not clear what may have caused the apparent rift between Bryant and her mom, who was spotted regularly with the family when Kobe and Gianna were alive

‘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.’ 

Laine’s suit is seeking financial support from the 38-year-old widow, adding that in addition to being told she would be supported, she worked as an unpaid assistant and nanny to the couple. 

‘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],’ court documents read, according to People. ‘Vanessa Bryant did not intend to honor any of the Bryants’ representations, agreements and promises at any stage.’ 

In September, Laine hit out at her daughter in the Univision interview, alleging she demanded she ‘get out of this house’ and immediately return a vehicle. 

‘She told me, “I need you to get out of this house.” She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,’ Laine told interviewer Dave Valadez through tears on the Spanish language show ‘El Gorda y La Flaca.’  

It is not clear what may have caused the apparent rift between Bryant and her mom, who was spotted regularly with the family when Kobe and Gianna were alive.  

Laine was last pictured with Vanessa in a Thanksgiving family photo that was posted on Kobe’s Instagram account last November.

The family owns multiple properties on the Newport Coast and Sofia used to live in one until it was sold in 2013.

‘She told me, “I need you to get out of this house.” She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now,’ Laine told interviewer Dave Valadez through tears on the Spanish language show ‘El Gorda y La Flaca’

After the basketball legend’s death, a source told Us Weekly that Laine was helping her daughter and grandchildren – Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

‘[Vanessa] is incredibly close to her mom and her mom has been her rock throughout the past few weeks,’ the insider said.  

‘Her mom is always with her and the girls and she’s been keeping Vanessa strong and she’s the weight of her support system.’ 

Laine also appeared to be very close to her son-in-law Kobe and was waiting outside his locker room in 2015 after he played his last game.

Their relationship may have been even more special because Kobe admitted he didn’t get along with his own parents.

It’s not clear how Vanessa and her mother’s relationship was at Kobe’s memorial in February.  

Kobe, 41, and Gianna died in a Calabasas, California helicopter crash along with seven other passengers and a pilot on January 26

It’s unclear where Laine – who also has a daughter named Sophie Laine – could be living now.

The grandmother divorced Vanessa’s stepfather in 2003 after 13 years of marriage on claims that he cheated. He denied the claims.

In 2011 when Vanessa and Kobe almost split over infidelity matters, Vanessa’s estranged stepfather – whose last name she took as a child – compared her to her mother.

‘Her mother taught her well to wait for the 10-year mark,’ Stephen Laine said about their 10-year union. 

‘In California, it’s considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries… just like her mother is doing to me. I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly, they don’t need it.’    

Kobe, 41, and Gianna died in a Calabasas, California helicopter crash along with seven other passengers and a pilot on January 26. 

The other victims were longtime Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli, his wife Keri, their daughter Alyssa, assistant basketball coach at the Mamba Sports Academy Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, 45, and her daughter, Payton, 13, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

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