Vanessa Bryant’s mother has responded to her daughter’s recent statement against her, calling Vanessa a liar and claiming that she has proof of the alleged lies.
Sofia Urbieta claims that Vanessa is lying about hiring her as an unpaid assistant and caregiver for years, saying she has proof that she was an asset to the family amid her recent lawsuit that she filed against Vanessa and her late husband Kobe Bryant’s estate. In a 48-page lawsuit, Sofia Urbieta Laine claims Vanessa and Kobe “promised to take care” of her for life.
On Thursday, Vanessa issued a statement saying Urbieta is trying to “extort a financial windfall,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Vanessa initially responded to the lawsuit calling it “hurtful” and denouncing the claims her mother made. “I have always been a stay at home mother and my husband and I were my daughter’s full-time care givers.” Vanessa continued in a previous public statement, “In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers.” She added that her mother’s claims are “obviously false” and said that she tried to “work things out” with her mother, but they never came to a resolution.
In her Thursday statement, Urbieta said going down the legal route was not her plan. “For starters, I would like to state that I do not enjoy airing our family grievances in the public,” Sofia Laine said. “Although I filed a lawsuit, I did not make any public comments and was hoping for the court process to run its course without the publicity, as hurtful as it is. I did not want this and do not want this.”
She continued, “All I wanted is what I worked for. Vanessa, despite everything that I have been promised and done for her and the family, has attempted to sever all ties and renege on all obligations and agreements.”
“Why would she do this to her own mother? I am so disappointed, hurt, and wronged to the point that I had no choice but to file a lawsuit.” She added, ”I am nearly 70 years old, my health is deteriorating, and my own daughter is doing this to me?”
Urbieta went on to say Vanessa “drafted and enforced an extremely strict schedule for the round the clock care of my grandchildren. It is simply ridiculous that she would deny this.”
While Urbieta says she is doing what she believes is right by taking her daughter to court, Vanessa says her mother’s choices are “disgraceful.” “This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy,” said Vanessa in her previous statement.