Vanessa Bryant claims her mom is making an attempt to blackmail her with a “shameful” lawsuit
In her statement, Vanessa also referred to an interview Sofia gave with Univision’s El Gordo y La Flaca in September.
“I looked for a new home for her earlier this year, and a week later she went on TV and gave an interview that demeaned our family and made false accusations while living rent-free in a gated Newport Coast apartment complex.” Vanessa explained. “Even after this betrayal, I was willing to give my mother monthly support for the rest of her life, and that wasn’t good enough. Instead, she contacted me through intermediaries (contrary to what she claims my phone number hasn’t changed) and asked for 5 million Dollars, a house and a Mercedes SUV. Because I did not give in to her hurtful threats and money requests, she has gotten out of control and makes false and absurd claims. She is now trying to get more money that my husband and I have ever spent to provide for them during their lifetime. “
She concluded, “She has no regard for how this affects my children and me. She wants to live off my daughters and me for the rest of her life and have continued to collect monthly maintenance from her ex-husband since 2004. My husband and I never discouraged or prevented her from looking after herself. This lawsuit is frivolous, shameful and incredibly hurtful. My husband never made promises to my mother and he would be so disappointed with her behavior and lack of empathy. “
E! The news went to Sofia’s lawyer. We didn’t hear back.