According to the lawsuit, authorities were alerted to the existence of the images after a witness at the bar filed an online complaint to the sheriff’s department. The suit also alleged that when Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva found out about the photos, he ordered deputies to delete them and assured there’d be no further disciplinary actions taken so long as everyone complied.

Vanessa is seeking damages for emotional distress over the photos.

In November, a U.S. magistrate judge ordered Vanessa and her therapist to turn over documents related to her treatment before and after the crash as part of her claim.

A statement made at that time Skip MillerCelebHomes News spoke to a Miller Barondess partner and L.A. County’s outside counsel. “The County still has no words but deep sympathy for the immense loss Ms. Bryant experienced as a consequence of the tragic helicopter accident.” The motion we made to obtain her medical records was not unusual in cases where the plaintiff is seeking millions of dollars to support claims of emotional distress. To defend the County, I am obliged to do this.