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Kobe Bryant's ex-housekeeper sues, accuses Vanessa Bryant of harassment

Kobebryant A former housekeeper for Lakers  superstar Kobe Bryant is suing him and his wife, Vanessa, contending that she was verbally abused and humiliated while she worked at the Bryants' Newport Coast home.

Maria Jimenez, an immigrant originally from Peru, filed a lawsuit March 20 in Orange County Superior Court, her lawyer said. Jimenez claims Vanessa Bryant badgered and harassed Jimenez and forced her to perform demeaning tasks.

Jimenez worked 60 hours a week in Bryants' home from September 2007 to March 2008, cleaning their house, washing their laundry and cleaning up after their children. The lawsuit alleges that Vanessa Bryant called Jimenez "lazy," "slow," "dumb," a "liar" and also used profanity.

On one occasion, the lawsuit alleged, Vanessa Bryant screamed at Jimenez after one of the Bryants' children came to her for comfort: "I don't want you to touch my baby. I hired you for housekeeping, not babysitting." After Jimenez complained about her workload and not having breaks, Vanessa Bryant said to Jimenez, "You haven't done anything."

Jimenez claimed that Vanessa Bryant suggested that Jimenez had stolen clothes, a toy, and her retainer from the Bryants.

Jimenez also alleged that Vanessa Bryant screamed at her for putting a $690 blouse in the washing machine, and demanded Jimenez put her hand in a bag of dog feces to retrieve the price tag for the blouse. Jimenez refused and said she would quit, but Vanessa Bryant demanded that she pay for the blouse first. Jimenez alleged she stayed on to pay for the blouse.

In the lawsuit, Jimenez said she suffered damages of more than $20,000.

-- My-Thuan Tran

More on the story at KTLA News, including the complaint.

Photo: Vanessa and Kobe Bryant in 2004 at the American Music Awards. Photo: Carlo Allegri / Getty Images

Comments () | Archives (29)

I wonder why suspicious didn't include her real name? How dare you speak of Latinos and other "ethnicities" just to try to downplay the work maids do. Has it ever occurred to you that "these people" come from countries that are so poverty stricken, the value of material things is insignificant. How about you crawl out from under the rock you live in and enrich yourself with a little class and intelligence. People leave their native homes to put roofs over their heads, and put food on their children's tables, and not to make sure that your expensive clothing is properly cleaned and not to make sure that your toilets are polished to your taste. And another thing, if you are so aware of the correct ways of washing clothes, cleaning toilets, and running errands, then how about you do them yourself? Oh, and by the way the only point you have made so far is that the "woman of house" IS awful.


So, how exactly does this woman prove that all this happen?? Also, why didn't she quit when she felt she was made to work too hard and for too many hours? This is America. If we don't like our jobs we can get another job. Didn't she know this?

&, at least, she had a job.

This is starting to get ridiculous. People need to leave Kobe, Vanessa and their daughters alone! Lying in a lawsuit just to get money is the same thing as robbing a bank. It's stealing no matter how you look at it.

Interesting, but the best solution is to clean your own house and have a "maid" - like Merry Maids come once a week... unfortunately, if you don't hire "professionals" and get people elsewhere - well you get what you pay for...

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