Vanessa Bryant settled out of court with her toxic drama queen mother

(FILE) Kobe Bryant Dies At 41

Vanessa Bryant spent most of 2020 out of the spotlight following her husband and daughter’s shocking deaths in January 2020. She only made a handful of public appearances and statements and focused on her children and her family. Her mother, Sofia Laine, decided to throw an enormous public tantrum in the midst of the worst year of Vanessa’s life. Last fall, Sofia Laine gave an interview to a Spanish-language outlet claiming that Vanessa had cut her off financially and that Kobe had always promised to take care of her. Vanessa clapped back at her mother and the whole thing was basically a child dealing with a toxic, narcissistic parent who is demanding to be the center of attention. Sofia wasn’t happy with merely begging for attention in a television interview either – she ended up suing Vanessa, claiming that she was “owed” back pay for… babysitting her grandchildren occasionally. Apparently, Vanessa didn’t want to deal with her mother’s dumb, toxic drama anymore and she settled.

Vanessa Bryant has settled a lawsuit filed by her mother, TMZ Sports has learned. Sofia Laine had claimed she worked as a nanny for Vanessa and Kobe for nearly 20 years and said she was owed $200,000 … computed at a rate of $96 an hour.

She also claimed Kobe promised to take care of her for the rest of her life. She says after Kobe died, Vanessa kicked her out of the home Kobe had allegedly bought for her. Vanessa called the lawsuit “frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful.” She went on … “My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”

As for getting money for working as a nanny, Vanessa said, “I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.” Vanessa went on … “In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers,” adding, “As of ten years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016.”

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the case is over.

[From TMZ]

For Vanessa, the issue is not about money – Kobe left Vanessa and the girls a huge fortune, one which will continue to grow for many years. Vanessa can easily afford to financially support her mother. For Vanessa, I’m sure it was just another issue of dealing with a toxic narcissist who decided to behave like an unhinged, tacky a–hole and liar just months after Vanessa buried her husband and child. My guess is that the settlement included an ironclad NDA and Sofia is not allowed to speak to the press ever again or else she doesn’t get her f–king check.

Vanessa Laine Bryant and husband/American basketball player Kobe Bryant arrive at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala held at 3Labs on November 9, 2019 in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. BusyLizzy says:

    God everytime I am reminded she lost her child in addition to her husband, I am heartbroken for Vanessa. Her mom sounds like a See You Next Tuesday, I hope she never has to deal with her again.

  2. BlueSky says:

    Her and Thomas Markle are two peas in a pod and a reminder that it is okay to cut off a toxic parent.

  3. HeatherC says:

    Well damn. This will probably give Thomas Markle bad ideas. I hope she got a house that she either has to support herself (utilities, taxes) or sell. Then nothing ever again. I was hoping it would be tossed out but I don’t blame Vanessa for just not wanting to deal with it and her mom anymore

    • lanne says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sussexes reach out to Bad Dad, pay him a settlement with an ironclad NDA. But then again, he might very well reject it. He seems to enjoy tormenting his daughter, and as a narcissist he needs the perceived power play. Also, ther’s no guarantee that he wouldn’t break an NDA. It’s likely that the british tabloids would pay him more than Meghan would just to sink another barb into her.

    • Cee says:

      Suppose there is an NDA, what happens if she breaks it? Can her daughter sue? And what is her mother is broke AF, so she has nothing to lose?

      These people are not to be trusted, not even with an NDA, which is why cutting off access is the best way to go.

  4. vesper nite says:

    I can’t believe she even settled with this evil woman. There is no way her mom could have outlasted Vanessa and her lawyers in court. She should have let her case flounder in the courts forever. Her lawyers could have handled it and this pendeja would learn you do not win by throwing a tantrum in public when your daughter is grieving!!

    • EveV says:

      Amen on every single word @vesper nite. The fact that her MOTHER went to the press to complain about money so soon after Vanesa lost her husband and daughter is one of the grossest things I have ever heard. I wish Vanesa had not settled, but if it is better for her mental/emotional health then I support her decision. I hope she never gives her mother another cent as long as they live.

  5. Janiel says:

    Honestly if Kobe meant that then he would have left the mother something. I am surprised they did not pay the mom for babysitting. Just because she is a relative she should not do it for free. I hate how parents straddle their kids on grandparents without pay. I am glad the woman went on the news cycle she deserved to get paid for help with the kids.

    • Julia K says:

      Kobe did not plan on dying so young, plus the grandmother was never a nanny and infrequently cared for the children. There was no need for him to give a financial gift to her in his will, as Vanessa was already supporting her.

    • swirlmamad says:

      We are fortunate enough to have never needed a babysitter aside from grandparents for our children, and very grateful for their help — my parents and mother-in-law all live close by, and my father-in-law visits frequently. None of them would ever even dream of asking for or expecting payment for watching their grandchildren — they love doing it and cherish the time they have with them. In turn, they each have their own amazing bond with my kids. And when my girls are grown and have kids of their own, I would never expect monetary payment to watch my grandchildren either. This line of thinking is so odd to me. I don’t think anyone expects a grandparent to give up their life to be a free nanny to their grandkids, and they are certainly within their rights to say they can’t sit if they have other plans. I have and always will respect that — they certainly aren’t obligated to revolve their life around my children, but the idea that I should pay them the same way I would a babysitter or nanny is the strangest idea to me. It’s FAMILY.

      That said, in reading your last line — that you think what Vanessa’s mother did is right tells me a lot about you, and none of it good, unfortunately.

    • Christine says:

      I’m with you, swirlmamad. I bought a duplex with my Mom, and she lives downstairs from me and my son. She would never dream of taking money from me for spending time with her grandson. She has 6 grandchildren, but the relationship she has with my son is much closer, and I think it’s the only reason why I managed to keep my 76 year old mother home in LA during lockdown, except for walks around the neighborhood. The two of them saved each other.

      Vanessa’s mother is despicable. I am so sorry she had to deal with this at all.

  6. SusanRagain says:

    Your daughter loses her husband AND a child in a horrific accident and you have the balls to bitch about money??
    Take your filthy black heart and box of money and GTFO out our lives!

    That woman is not worthy to be called a Mom.

  7. J ferber says:

    I agree that Vanessa did the right thing just to avoid the constant harassment. I’m sure her lawyers worked it out well.