Kobe Bryant countersues ex-housekeeper

May 23, 2009 2:35:15 PM PDT
Kobe Bryant and his wife are suing their former housekeeper, accusing her of violating her contract by talking to the media about the family's private affairs. The housekeeper initially sued the Los Angeles Lakers star and his wife, contending they harassed and humiliated her.

The countersuit was filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court. It says Maria Jimenez broke a confidentiality agreement. The court filing was posted Saturday on the Web site TMZ.com.

Jimenez said she was denied health insurance and forced to quit because of intolerable working conditions. The countersuit calls those allegations specious and frivolous.

Lawyers for the Bryants and Jimenez did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

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