Vanessa Bryant’s legal battle with her mother appears to be over.
According to court records that E! News of August 6th, Sofia Urbieta, also known as Sofia Laine, has settled her lawsuit against her daughter. The terms of the resolution were not disclosed, but documents state that “this entire case has been resolved.”
E! News has asked Vanessa and Sofia’s teams for a comment and has not received any feedback.
The news comes less than a year after Vanessa was first served what she called a “shameful” lawsuit. In Sofia’s files, received from E! News in December 2020, she claimed to be a longtime personal assistant and nanny for Vanessa and Kobe Bryant and that she “was never paid for her services despite promises”.
Vanessa denied her mother’s claims in a statement to E! News. “My mother continues to try to find ways to blackmail our family into financial windfall,” she said. “I supported her for nearly 20 years and she was never my or Kobe’s personal assistant or nanny. I was always a home mom and my husband and I were our daughter’s full-time carers.”
In the documents, Sofia claimed that she had “entered into an oral contract” with the Bryants and that Kobe had “repeatedly promised” to look after them “financially in exchange for her longstanding work for his family”.
Ultimately, Vanessa rejected her mother’s claims as she mourned the loss of her husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
“She has no regard for how that affects my children and me. She would like to live from my daughters and me for the rest of her life, while she has continued to collect monthly alimony from her ex-husband since 2004,” Vanessa previously announced a statement to E! News. “My husband and I have never discouraged or stopped her from looking after herself. This lawsuit is frivolous, shameful and incredibly hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything and he would be so disappointed with her behavior and her lack of empathy. “
Vanessa has expressed on social media that she is focused on raising her daughters Natalia Bryant, 18, Bianka Bryant, 4 and Capri Bryant, 2. In fact, Natalia is expected to graduate from college at the University of Southern California in a. starts matter of weeks.
Vanessa also thanked the friends and family who helped her adapt to a new reality. “Thank you to all of our close friends and family who came for my girls and me,” she said at a Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in May. “This list is long and it takes a village, but know that your kindness and love do not go unnoticed. I know Kobe is grateful that you all get through for his girls. We love you all and are forever grateful to you. “
TMZ was the first to report the settlement.