Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia, files restraining order against alleged stalker
The elder Bryant’s daughter Natalia filed a restraining order against the alleged stalker after a series of violent clashes in her Beverly Hills home that she says left her bruised and battered.
“My daughter didn’t want to get into a fight in the home, but she was not afraid of him. She had to come out but she wouldn’t,” Natalia’s mother, Cindy Bryant, told CNN affiliate KCBS in Los Angeles on Friday night. “She went to the police, to the hospital to the Beverly Hills Hotel. She is not happy.”
Last Monday, police arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Lee, who lives in the Beverly Hills area, and charged him in the assault of the elder Bryant, who had also posted about the incident on her Facebook page.
Lee, whose last name was not released, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of kidnapping and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The couple, who have two children together, have a mutual friend who reported the alleged abuse to the police, the LAPD said.
Bryant, the most famous black woman on the planet and who won a Grammy for her spoken word album for her anti-apartheid poem “Speak It,” told KCBS that she was embarrassed that the arrest occurred so soon after her daughter filed a restraining order against the alleged stalker.
She said she has been dealing with the incident for nine months.
“It seemed like yesterday. A lot of things have happened in the interim and I’m not doing any interviews about it, so I’m not going to,” Bryant told KCBS.
On Tuesday, Natalia Bryant posted the news of her mother’s arrest to her Facebook page. In the post, she stated that she wanted out of the “hurtful” relationship with the alleged stalker, but did not give specifics.
“I’ve tried to reason with the man I’m scared of, and he didn’t respond to reason,” Bryant wrote. “I can’t stay here any longer with him.”
“I can’t continue this lie, nor be lied to by him or any of his evil lies. And I am very angry,” she continued. “I don’t know how this man can think that he can have power in the