The LA firefighter denies showing pictures of Bryant’s body at the helicopter crash gala

A Los Angeles County firefighter Wednesday denied under oath that he was serving guests at a gala less than a month after the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, photos provided by Kobe Bryant’s mutilated body.

Tony Imbrenda – who was taking the stand as part of a federal invasion of privacy lawsuit filed by Bryant’s widow Vanessa – also denied claims his girlfriend tried to show the disturbing images to a relative of another crash victim.

“My girlfriend was unaware of the pictures,” Imbrenda replied after Vanessa Bryant’s attorney, Luis Li, claimed, “Her girlfriend was smitten with the pictures.”

It came after Luella Weireter, whose cousin Keri Altobelli died in the 2020 crash, testified last week that Imbrenda’s partner invited attendees at California’s Golden Mike Awards on Feb. 15, 2020 to view photos of the wreck, reports reported Law and Crime.

But Imbrenda testified Wednesday that there was “no way” his girlfriend asked Weireter and the group she was with to look at the pictures.

However, the firefighter acknowledged that he had shown pictures of the crash site to other people at the event – but denied it was Bryant’s body.

Kobe Bryant was one of nine victims in a 2020 helicopter crash.
Kobe Bryant was one of nine victims in a 2020 helicopter crash.
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Imbrenda also stated his girlfriend was unaware of the disturbing photos that were allegedly shared among first responders after the Jan. 26, 2020 crash.

“My girlfriend was not aware of the pictures,” Imbrenda told the court.

“Testify that your friend was not animated when she went to see Luella Weireter” to see the photos, Li then asked.

“I firmly testify that that is not true,” Imbrenda replied.

John and Keri Altobelli both died in the California fire accident.
John and Keri Altobelli both died in the California fire accident.

Weireter had told the jury that she heard another firefighter, Sky Cornell, say during the swanky event, “I can’t believe I just saw Kobe’s burned body and I’m about to eat it,” Li said Wednesday, citing the previous testimony.

Last week, Weireter told the court she was “disgusted, shocked and was just trying to keep my composure” when she looked over and saw Imbrenda sharing the pictures.

Imbrenda said on the stand Wednesday he took photos at the crime scene the day after the crash and also received photos from others since he is the county information officer.

Firefighters work at the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California.
Vanessa Bryant brought the federal lawsuit after first responders allegedly passed around photos of the crash site.
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“Like I said, I can’t speak about the impact of my actions. I would never engage in behavior that would harm families,” Imbrenda replied, as Li told him, “What you did at the gala harmed the Bryant family.”

Another witness Wednesday, LA Fire Capt. Erik Scott, said he saw a few photos of Imbrenda at the gala, but the two only discussed how to handle media frenzy, not Kobe’s remains.

Scott is the current Public Information Officer for the department.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/tony-imbrenda-denies-showing-pics-of-bryants-body-at-gala/ The LA firefighter denies showing pictures of Bryant’s body at the helicopter crash gala

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