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Vanessa Bryant Settles Legal Battle With Mother Sofia Urbieta Laine, Reaches Confidential Settlement

Aug. 6 2021, Published 7:37 a.m. ET

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Vanessa Bryant has settled a lawsuit filed by her mother, Sofia Urbieta Laine, and reached a confidential settlement.

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Laine alleged that she worked as a nanny for Vanessa and her late husband Kobe Bryant for almost 20 years and was owed $200,000, TMZ Sports reported.

Vanessa's mother also alleged that the basketball pro had promised to take care of her for life, due to helping to raise the couple's kids. But after he passed away in January 2020, Vanessa kicked her out of the home he had bought for her, cut her off and took back the car she had been driving.

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Laine also reportedly claimed in court that Vanessa never gave her proper meal breaks and did not pay overtime, having held up her end of the bargain by caring for her grandchildren for 18 years, per Radar Online.

Vanessa said that the lawsuit was "frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful" and dubbed it as nothing more than an "extortion attempt," noting, "My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy."

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"I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and [she] was never my or Kobe's personal assistant, nor was she a nanny," the 39-year-old said.

According to Vanessa, Laine "only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers," but, "As of ten years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn't have another child until 2016."

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Vanessa said in court that her mother's allegations had contradicted previous statements she had made in her divorce regarding spousal support in 2004 and 2008, Radar reported. "Vanessa was not financially supporting me then, and she is not financially supporting me now. I did not live with Vanessa and Kobe then, and I do not live with them not, nor do I permanently reside in a home owned by Vanessa and Kobe," Laine reportedly previously said.

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The settlement means that the case is over, but the terms have not been disclosed.

Earlier this year, the widow settled a wrongful death lawsuit with a confidential settlement against the company that owned the helicopter that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a crash. She is also involved in another lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, after four officers allegedly took photos of the helicopter crash scene and leaked them, as previously reported by OK!.

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