L.A. bartender reportedly laughs after seeing gruesome photos of the ugly Kobe Bryant scene of the crash, according to surveillance video screenshots shown in court.
The photographic trial of the scene of Bryant’s accident continued on Friday … with Victor Gutierreza bartender at the Baha Grill, testifying to the times the LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Joey Cruz showed bar staff and patrons photographs of the scene.
Gutierrez testified that Cruz asked him if he wanted to see Kobe’s photos … and he said he did. When asked if he found the photos humorous, the bartender said he never laughed or found them amusing in any way.
That’s when Vanessa BryantGutierrez’s attorney showed the court stills from the bar’s surveillance video where it appeared Gutierrez was laughing.
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Gutierrez denied laughing… saying you had to be psychotic to find those pictures funny.
The bartender also said he believed the deputy showed the photos to offload the burden of the horrific accident.
The injuries to Kobe and the others who died were described in court … and it was horrific.
Thursday is the second day of the trial… which is expected to last about 10 days.
As we reported … Vanessa sobbed in court Thursday during opening statements, as her attorney told the jury about the 8 LA County sheriff’s deputies who took photos of Kobe and gigiBodies from the scene of the helicopter crash did so for personal use.
A sheriff’s detective said in a deposition that he tried to show the photos to his wife, telling her they depicted “piles of meat”. Another deputy is accused of having shown the photos to a woman he met in a bar. Firefighters reportedly saw the photos at an awards gala.
Vanessa’s attorney says she lives “in fear, anxiety and dread” of ever seeing the photos…and will forever be haunted by the actions of the deputies.
In her lawsuit, Vanessa claims the deputies’ conduct caused her severe emotional distress, claiming the photos were an invasion of privacy. LA County attorneys say Vanessa’s emotional distress is a result of the fatal crash, not the photos.
Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinkawho was Kobe’s agent, spoke on Thursday and barely got to talk about his close relationship with KB.
Pelinka says he was at church when he learned of the crash, rushing to meet Vanessa at an airport and traveling with her and her deputies to the crash site, where he says they had been promised that the area would remain private.
Rob says Vanessa fears what could happen to her daughters if the photos come out.