By Abba Gwale
Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late basketball star Kobe Bryant, is being sued by her mother, Sofia Laine in California, claiming she worked as an assistant and nanny to her daughter and her husband
Mrs Bryant in social media post, addressed the lawsuit claims, that have been reported in the media this week
“My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from my family,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I have supported her for nearly 20 years and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant, nor was she a nanny.
“I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were my daughters’ full-time caregivers.
“For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn’t have any money to buy her own home after her divorce.
“My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home.
“She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses.
“She now wants to back-charge me 96 dollars 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. As of 10 years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn’t have another child until 2016.”