Kobe Bryant mother-in-law Sofia Urbieta Laine has taken her daughter to court and wants more than $5m in compensation for taking care of her grand children.
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the basketball great Kobe Bryant revealed the news via a statement on Thursday.
The mother of three issued a statement Thursday saying her mother was trying to “extort a financial windfall,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
The 48-page lawsuit filed by Sofia Urbieta Laine, 68, claims that Kobe Bryant “promised to take care” of her for life.
“She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request,” Vanessa Bryant said.
“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.”
Vanessa Bryant said that earlier this year she began looking for a new home for her mother and that her mother gave a TV interview in which she claimed she was being forced out of her home and to return a luxury car.
“Even after that betrayal, I was willing to provide my mother with monthly support for the rest of her life, and that wasn’t good enough,” Vanessa Bryant said.
“She, instead, contacted me through intermediaries — contrary to what she claims, my phone number hasn’t changed — and demanded $5 million, a house and a Mercedes SUV.”