After the fatal helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others, Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his department over leaked photos. 

Bryant's lawsuit has prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to approve a new California "Kobe" law that makes it illegal for first responders to take photos of deceased people at accident sites, according to ESPN.

ESPN went on to report that Newsom signed the bill on Monday, September 28.

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The measure, which will take effect Jan. 1.

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This new law will reportedly take effect on January 1, 2021.

Those found guilty will be charged with a misdemeanor "with fines up to $1,000 per offense to take such photos for anything other than official law enforcement purposes."

Vanessa also claims that Villanueva tried to cover-up the leaked crash site photos.

He reportedly told deputies that if they delete them, they won't face punishment. 

Bryant is seeking an unspecified amount and punitive damages. 

 
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