Since the death of their beloved father and sister, Kobe and Gianna Bryant, this family has tried to heal in private the best way they can. with the media’s constant attention. Unfortunately, while constantly enduring attention from the media, Bryant’s oldest daughter has also been threatened by a gun obsessed stalker.
Natalia Bryant, 19, has successfully been granted a TRO protection from an alleged stalker. This court ordered protection will gain Bryant a temporary restraining order against 32-year-old Dwayne Kemp. According to tmz.com, “Natalia claims Kemp has been under the delusion they’re in a relationship … she says the harassment has been going on for two years, and escalating. She says he recently showed up at USC, creeping around buildings where she’s taking classes. He’s even shown up at her sorority house.” Not only has Kemp been harassing Bryant, but he’s previously been convicted of four crimes and one included a firearm.
Kemp has also continuously made his fascination known for Bryant in a creepy manner regarding their future. According to tmz.com., “Natalia says Kemp once sent her a DM with an image of her late father Kobe and wrote, “Thankful For Him Birthing You, Hopefully We Can Birth Him… ‘Kobe,'” adding a red heart to the message. The docs say Kemp had the hopes of having “a Kobe-like child together.” With this newly granted restraining order, Kemp will have to stay 200 yards from her at all times.
After the tragedy that Bryant’s family is still enduring regarding the aftermath of the deadly helicopter crash of their loved ones, you would think that the public would do their best to give them their space. However, this stalker will be shown as an example that you can’t continuously harass or threaten people. Hopefully, she will be able to be granted a longer court ordered protection once the temporary TRO is lifted.
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By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas