Vanessa Bryant’s falling out with her mother Sofia Laine is getting very ugly and sad.
On Wednesday, Univision reporter David Valadez posted the first page of Laine’s lawsuit against, in which she claims that she was never paid by Vanessa and her late husband, Kobe Bryant, for serving as a personal assistant and nanny to their children.
Laine goes on to claim that Kobe “promised to take care of [Sofia] for the rest of her life,” but instead she was evicted from her home by Vanessa.
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.”
Vannessa Bryant immediately fired back at her mother’s claims in a statement via People magazine. According to Vanessa her mother is trying to “extort a financial windfall” by back charging her $96 per hour for 18 years that she watched her grandchildren.
“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,” she tells PEOPLE in her statement. “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,” Vanessa claims. “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 10 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.”
Hopefully, the lawsuit either gets thrown out or settled soon because seeing Vanessa beef with her mother in public is extremely sad especially after Kobe’s tragic death.