Vanessa Bryant Puts Her Mom on Blast for Extortion in Viral Instagram Post

Vanessa Bryant says that her mother is suing her to "extort a financial windfall" from her, almost a year after Kobe Bryant's death.

According to court documents acquired by People, Bryant is being sued by her mother, Sofia Laine, who is alleging that she worked as an assistant and nanny to the Bryant family without any pay, adding that Kobe "promised to take care of" her for the rest of her life. In a statement published on her Instagram Story, Bryant called the suit "frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful."

"My mother is continuing to try and find ways to extort a financial windfall from my family," Bryant, mother of daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri Kobe, wrote. "I have supported her for nearly 20 years, and she was never my or Kobe's personal assistant, nor was she a nanny. I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were my daughters' full-time caregivers. For nearly two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties, at no cost to her because she had claimed that she didn't have any money to buy her own home after her divorce."

Bryant's statement continues: "My husband and I felt it was best for her not to live in our home. She watched our girls from time to time, just like most grandparents do. She did not take care of business issues or expenses."

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant arrives to speak during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

However, Laine reportedly alleges in her lawsuit that she's owed money by Bryant for taking care of her grandchildren over the past 18 years.

"She now wants to back-charge me $96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years for watching her grandchildren," Bryant wrote in her response statement. "In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers. As of 10 years ago, our kids were full-time students and athletes and I didn't have another child until 2016.

"Her claims are obviously false but I still tried, repeatedly, to work things out with my mother," Bryant added. "She wants to live off of my daughters and me for the rest of her life while continuing to collect monthly alimony from her ex-husband since 2004."

Bryant also disputed the idea that her late husband promised to "take care of" her mother. "My husband and I have never discouraged or kept her from providing for herself. My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy."

In the court documents, Laine reportedly claims that "Vanessa Bryant took each and every step she could to void and cancel all of Kobe Bryant's promises" to care for her. "Vanessa Bryant did not intend to honor any of the Bryants' representations, agreements and promises at any stage," the suit alleges.

This lawsuit comes almost a year after Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash this January, along with his and Vanessa's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.