SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant said Thursday that her mother filed a lawsuit against her claim for financial assistance, claiming the late Laker legend swore to herself to look after them financially for a lifetime

In a statement, Vanessa Bryant accused her mother – Sofia Urbieta Laine – of trying to “blackmail our family into financial collapse”

Bryant also said that she and her late husband long supported their mother and allowed her to live on her property for free

“She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request,” said Bryant. “She now wants to bill me $ 96 an hour for allegedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years To Watch Her Grandchildren In reality, she only babysat my older girls occasionally when they were toddlers ”

“I was looking for a new home for her earlier this year, and a week later she went on TV and gave an interview that belittled our family and made false allegations while living rent-free in a gated apartment complex on the Newport Coast “She said,” Even after this betrayal, I was willing to support my mother on a monthly basis for the rest of her life, and that was not good enough. Instead, she contacted me through intermediaries – contrary to what she claims my phone number has not changed – and requested 5 Million dollars, a house and a Mercedes SUV ”

Bryant said she refused and led her mother to make “false and absurd claims” while “demanding more money than my husband and I ever spent to care for her while he was alive”

“She has no concern how this affects my children and me,” said Bryant. “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.” Husband and I have 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 ”

According to People magazine, the lawsuit states that Laine worked as a “longtime personal assistant and nanny” for her daughter and Kobe Bryant. The suit also claims Kobe Bryant “promised to look after her for the rest of her life ( Laine) to take care of ”

“Said” At no point did Vanessa Bryant intend to keep the Bryants’ representations, agreements, and promises “

The suit also claims that Laine worked 24/7 as the family’s nanny without getting food or rest, while she also worked on holidays and weekends

Laine also claims that her daughter forced her out of the house she lived in when Kobe was still alive

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