It must be rough to be Vanessa Bryant: Your husband Kobe cheats on you, and gets arrested for rape, and the best he can do is offer crocodile tears and a massive ring. OK, so the ring is nice, but is it worth the public embarrassment and shame of having the whole world know about your husband’s sexual peccadilloes? What’s a girl to do?
Apparently Vanessa did the only thing any respectable Housewife of Orange County can do: Turn her anger on her help. According to TMZ, former maid Maria Jimenez is suing the Bryant family for wrongful discharge, invasion of privacy and emotional distress and unpaid wages. Long story short, she’s claiming that Vanessa was the worst boss ever, and if her allegations are even half-truths, it would be hard to argue.
For starters, Vanessa accused her of stealing her mouth retainer - because I’m sure that would go for big money on the black market. Vanessa also 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,” according to the lawsuit. It was up to Kobe to smooth things over and convince Jimenez to stay. Yes, Kobe Bryant was the voice of domestic reason.
The final straw was when Vanessa flew off the handle at Jimenez for washing an expensive blouse, and forced her to reach into a bag of dog feces to retrieve the price tag. While that might fly on some twisted Japanese version of “The Price is Right”, it isn’t exactly kosher when it comes to employer/employee relations. Especially when Vanessa insisted that Jimenez work off the $690 cost of the blouse before she could quit.
With that kind of behavior, you can imagine how it might drive a guy into the arms of a young, blond, nubile worker at a Colorado hotel. In theory.