In March 2009, Vanessa made headlines when she and her husband were accused of harassing their housekeeper Maria Jimenez, a Peruvian immigrant who is a U.S. citizen, says she worked as a full-time housekeeper at the Bryant’s Newport Coast home from September 2007 to March 22, 2008, and was making $50,000 a year, according to the wrongful termination lawsuit filed Friday. The Bryants’ lawyer, Mark D. Campbell, issued a statement denying Jimenez’s account. “Ms. Jimenez's outrageous allegations of improper conduct are totally unfounded and patently false,’’ Campbell said. “The Bryants intend to vigorously defend against these untruthful allegations and are confident that the baseless nature of the allegations will be proven.” Jimenez also alleges Vanessa Bryant screamed at her after one of the Bryants’ children came to Jimenez for comfort, the lawsuit says. Vanessa Bryant yelled, “I don’t want you to touch my baby. I hired you for housekeeping, not babysitting,” according to the claim.
The lawsuit says Jimenez was “constructively discharged from her job” because of such incidents.
Besides seeking money for wrongful termination, Jimenez also is asking for damages for emotional distress, unpaid wages, and invasion of privacy and breach of contract. She also alleges the Bryants never provided her with health insurance, and should pay for her $130,000 in hospital bills for an ovarian cyst, Vogeler said.
The case has been assigned to Orange County Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura. Let's see what the Orlando Magic have to say about Kobe's wife.