“We have learned that a former employee of the Bryants, Maria Jimenez, has filed a complaint against our clients. Ms. Jimenez’s outrageous allegations of improper conduct are totally unfounded and patently false. The Bryants intend to vigorously defend against these untruthful allegations and are confident that the baseless nature of the allegations will be proven.”
That’s what Kobe Bryant’s attorney had to say in response to a lawsuit filed against the L.A. Laker’s star player and his wife Vanessa by their former maid.
Maria Jimenez filed suit in Orange County Superior Court claiming abuse and harassment at the hands of Mrs. Bryant. In her complaint Jimenez contends she was repeatedly verbally abused and berated in front of the couple’s children and other co-workers, stating that Mrs. Bryant calling her, “lazy, slow dumb, a f—ing liar, and f—ing s–t.”
She says she had planned to quit, but was persuaded to stay at the behest of Mr. Bryant.
Jimenez states things finally came to a head when she mistakenly placed an expensive blouse in the washing machine and was ordered by Mrs. Bryant to fetch the blouse’s price tag out of a bag of dog feces, with a directive that she “had to work until payday to pay for the $690 blouse, which she did,” after which she was either let go or quit.
Jiminez is suing for invasion of privacy, unpaid wages, wrongful discharge and emotional distress.