Vanessa Bryant Says Her Mother is Trying to Extort Her


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Vanessa Bryant has been through so much this year with he loss of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant and now Vanessa's mother is hitting her with a lawsuit.

In the lawsuit Vanessa's mom Sofia Lane is suing for financial support for the long "unpaid" hours of being a nanny and personal assistant.

Vanessa stated on her IG story that her mother was NEVER their full-time nanny and is now trying to back charge her $96 and hour for 12 hour days for 18 years.

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In a statement to PEOPLE Vanessa said "I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and she was never my or Kobe's personal assistant, nor was she a nanny." I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughters' full-time caregivers."

The statement continued:

"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. 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."

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