New documents have shown that the brother of the pilot who died alongside Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianni and others during the fatal helicopter crash earlier this year, is claiming that they all knew the risks beforehand.
Berge Zobayan, the brother of the late pilot, Ara Zobayan, has filed papers in response to the wrongful death lawsuit previously filed by Vanessa Bryant in February.
Hollywood Life obtained the court documents filed by Berge, and in it he states that:
Any injuries or damages to the plaintiffs and or their decedents were caused in full or part directly by the negligence or the fault of plaintiffs and or their decedents, including their knowing as well as voluntary encounter with all the risks involved, and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their damages, for which the answering defendant bears no responsibility.”
Berge also demands a jury trial while also listing Bryant’s other three daughters as plaintiffs.
This new development comes after Kobe’s widow Vanessa filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both the pilot and the airline company, ‘seeking compensatory and punitive damages stemming from the helicopter crash in Calabasas on or about January 26 which resulted in the deaths of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant, minor.’
The National Transportation Safety Board had in February updated the public on the crash, disclosing that there was no evidence of engine failure or any other mechanical problems with the helicopter.
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