October 27, 2021

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Accident passenger Kobe Bryant is negligent, court documents state

Remembering the victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash

The lawyer for Berge Zobayan, registered as the successor to the pilot flower Ara Zobayan, accused “injury or damage to the plaintiff and / or person who died directly caused entirely or in part by the plaintiff’s negligence or error and / or person who died,” in accordance with document 7 page.

The document, an answer to a false death suit filed by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, added that passengers knew of the risks involved.

“And that this negligence was an important factor in causing the damage they claimed, for which the respondent defendant was not responsible,” said the response.

The lawyer for Zobayan shifted “the negligence, error or wrong behavior of a third party, the accused who answered this is not controlled or has the right to control.”

Among other requests, lawyer Berge Zobayan asked for an assessment in his favor and for the suit to be dropped.

Lawyer Vanessa Bryant filed her complaint February 24, the same day a funeral was held for Kobe Bryant and the couple’s daughter, Gianna.

The complaint stated that Island Express, the helicopter company and Ara Zobayan were responsible for the accident, which included a number of accusations of negligence.

Island Express did not comment on Monday and company representatives previously told CNN that they did not comment on the ongoing litigation.

Arthur Willner, a lawyer for Berge Zobayan, told CNN that the man was the pilot’s brother and the lawyer did not give further comment. CNN’s request to comment on Vanessa Bryan’s representative was not immediately answered.

The response, submitted Friday, also said Berge Zobayan denied any allegations in Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit. No trial date scheduled yet.

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Other lawsuits from families who lost someone in the accident did not list Zobayan as a defendant.

In April, the family of the accident victim Christina Mauser, as well as John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter, Alyssa, 14, filed false death claims against companies that owned and operated the aircraft.

Lawyers representing the Mauser and Altobelli families filed separate complaints for damages that claimed the Express Island Helicopter was negligent and careless.

The helicopter crashed into hilly terrain in foggy conditions on January 26. The helicopter transports passengers to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a children’s basketball game when it crashes at Calabasas.

The victims also included Payton Chester, 13, and Sarah Chester, 45.

CNN’s Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.