VANESSA Bryant's mum Sofia Laine has sued her daughter following an on going financial feud.
Sofia, the mother in law of basketball legend Kobe Bryant has sued Vanessa, 38, for a reported $5million after she alleged she worked for years as an unpaid “longtime personal assistant and nanny” to the couple.
Who is Vanessa Bryant's mother Sofia?
Not much is known about Sofia Laine, other than at some point she worked as a shipping clerk, according to Hola.
She lived in one of the several homes the Bryant family owns in Newport Beach and the coast, before it was sold in 2013.
Sofia often looked very close to Kobe Bryant – who admitted his relationship with his parents was strained – and would wait outside his Los Angeles Lakers locker room in 2015.
She appeared in a family photo during Thanksgiving last year that the basketball legend shared on his Instagram.
After Kobe Bryant’s death, Laine helped her daughter with her grandchildren, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months old, a source told Us Weekly.
The source said Vanessa Bryant “is incredibly close to her mum” and that Laine was “her rock” in the weeks following her husband’s unexpected death.
“Her mum is always with her and the girls and she's been keeping Vanessa strong and she's the weight of her support system,” the source said.
It is not clear where Sofia is living at the moment.
What has Sofia accused her daughter of?
Sofia has accused Vanessa of telling her to "get out" of the house after NBA star Kobe Bryant's death.
She also claims that the daughter ordered her to give a vehicle back.
“She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house,’” Laine said on Univision’s ‘El Gorda y La Flaca’ show on Monday, September 21.
“She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now.”
Vanessa Bryant provided a statement to the program in response to her mother’s claims.
“My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name,” she wrote.
“She has removed all her diamond jewellery, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support.
"My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony.
“Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away.
“Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.”
Sofia has also sued her daughter after she claims she looked after the couple's child unpaid.
Speaking of why her mother is pursuing in the case, Vanessa Bryant said: “She now wants to back charge me $96 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.”
Who is Vanessa Bryant's dad?
Vanessa's biological dad has not been part of her life after her parents divorced when she was just a baby.
After the divorce, he moved to Baja, Mexico, and her mum went on to marry Stephen Laine, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Sofia and Stephen Laine divorced in 1993, but Vanessa reportedly remained close to him.
Stephen described Vanessa as "very sweet as a child" during an interview in 2005.
Who are Sofia's other children?
Sofia has another daughter, Sophie, who is 10 years older than Vanessa.
She raised them as a single mum after divorcing their dad when Vanessa was just a baby.
It is unclear whether Vanessa’s recent falling out with their mum has affected her relationship with her sister.
On July 1, Vanessa wished Sophie a happy birthday, writing: "I love you thista!"
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