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Judge: Maid's suit against Kobe Bryant can proceed

A judge in California has ruled that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's former housekeeper can continue her wrongful discharge case but can't sue for emotional distress.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura also ruled yesterday that Bryant and his wife Vanessa can pursue their countersuit against Maria Jimenez for violating a confidentiality agreement by talking to reporters about the family.

The judge says Jimenez cannot sue for invasion of privacy because she knew about the video cameras in the Bryants' house. Her attorney, William Vogeler, says the ruling is still a victory for his client because the case can go forward.

Jimenez says she was denied health insurance and was forced to quit because her employers demeaned and humiliated her.


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