Maid’s Suit Against Kobe Bryant Allowed to Proceed


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A judge in
California has ruled that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's former
housekeeper can continue her wrongful discharge case but can't sue for
emotional distress.

Orange County Superior Court Judge
Kirk Nakamura also ruled Thursday that Bryant and his wife Vanessa can
pursue their countersuit against Maria Jimenez for violating a
confidentiality agreement by talking to reporters about the family.

The judge says Jimenez cannot sue for
invasion of privacy because she knew about the video cameras in the
Bryants' house. Her attorney, William Vogeler, says the ruling is still
a victory for his client because the case can go forward.

Jimenez says she was denied health insurance and was forced to quit because her employers demeaned and humiliated her.

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