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Kobe Bryant’s Housekeeper Sues Over Crappy Work Conditions


Kobe Bryant’s former housekeeper is suing him and his wife over what she claims were really crappy work conditions.

In a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court in Calif., Maria Jimenez — who worked for the NBA star and his wife, Vanessa from September 2007 to March 2008 — alleges that she was forced to quit because of “intolerable” conditions. Almost immediately upon starting work, the complaint alleges that “Vanessa began a continuing pattern of verbally abusing and demeaning her.” Jimenez said she was called lazy, slow, dumb, a liar and was cursed and screamed at in front of Kobe, the couple’s children — Natalia, 6, and Gianna, 2, and others.

In one of the most shocking claims, Jimenez says that Vanessa screamed at her following an incident in which Jimenez accidentally washed an expensive blouse. “Vanessa demanded that Maria put her hand in a bag of dog feces to retrieve the price tag for the blouse,” the complaint alleges. Fed up, Jimenez says she quit but Vanessa demanded that she work until her next pay day to cover the $690 cost of the blouse.

Jimenez paints Kobe in a more sympathetic light, saying he once talked her out of quitting and made Vanessa apologize to her, but the abuse began again.

The couple also failed to provide health insurance, as promised when she was hired, Jimenez alleges. She said she didn’t learn she didn’t have coverage until she became ill and sought medical attention.

The action seeks unspecified damages, as well as back pay and overtime Jimenez says she is owed.


Posted Friday, March 27th, 2009 at 2:14pm
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Kobe being sued by housekeeper


The former housekeeper of Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa, Maria Jiminez, is suing the couple claiming that Vanessa was extremely abusive.

Jimenez says it got so bad — Vanessa allegedly “badgered, harassed and humiliated Maria by yelling and screaming at Maria and criticizing her in front of Kobe, the Bryants’ children, employees and other people in the household” — she threatened to quit but Kobe talked her out of it.

Maria is suing for wrongful discharge, invasion of privacy and emotional distress and unpaid wages.


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Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 11:11am
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Kobe Bryant and His Family Enjoy a Day at Disneyland


Kobe and wife Vanessa have two daughters, five year old Natalie, and 2 year old Gianna.


Posted Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 10:10am
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