Kobe Bryant, Gigi and the seven other passengers onboard the helicopter that crashed on January 26, have been held responsible for their deaths.
In response to Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit against the pilot, Ara Zobayan and the helicopter company, Island Express, Berge Zobayan, brother to the pilot, alludes that all passengers onboard knew the risk of flying on that foggy morning.
According to court documents, attorneys for Berge Zobayan who is the successor in interest for pilot Ara Zobayan, allege “any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent was directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent.”
“And that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their purported damages, for which this answering defendant bears no responsibility,” the response says.
The lawyers have requested that the case be dismissed.
Vanessa Bryant’s attorney filed her complaint February 24, the same day a memorial service was held for Kobe Bryant and the couple’s daughter Gianna.
The helicopter crashed into hilly terrain in foggy conditions January 26 whilst transporting Kobe Bryant and other passengers to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball game when it went down in Calabasas.
Island Express is yet to comment on the ongoing litigation.
The response, filed Friday, also said Berge Zobayan denies every allegation in Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit. No trial date has been scheduled.
Other lawsuits from families who lost someone in the crash don’t list Zobayan as a defendant.