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Housekeeper drops suit against Kobe Bryant; Kobe and Vanessa drop suit against housekeeper

May 27, 2010 |  7:02 am


The legal saga between Kobe Bryant and his Orange County housekeeper appears to be coming to an end.

Bryant's attorneys have issued a statement saying the housekeeper, Maria Jimenez, has dropped her civil harassment case against the Lakers' star and his wife.

Jimenez had sued Kobe and Vanessa Bryant for wrongful termination after having worked seven months in their home. She claimed in her suit that Vanessa Bryant had made her retrieve a blouse's price tag out of a bag containing dog feces and that the NBA player's wife was verbally abusive to her.

Bryant and his wife, who live in Newport Coast, counter-sued Maria Jimenez for talking to the media about her time with the family. The couple strongly denied her allegations.

The firm representing Bryant, Loeb & Loeb LLC, issued this statement: "The matter has been resolved as both parties have dismissed their respective complaints against each other. No money has been paid to Ms. Jimenez by Mr. and Mrs. Bryant."

The statement continued: "The Bryants maintain that the favorable rulings they received from the judge at the outset of the case, as well as the judge permitting the cross-complaint to go forward, speak for themselves as to the lack of merit of Ms. Jimenez's claims."

Jimenez's lawyer has not returned a request for comment by the Daily Pilot.

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-- Joseph Serna, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: The Bryants at the American Movie Awards. Credit: Los Angeles Times