Natalia Bryant, Kobe's Daughter, Gets Restraining Order Against Accused Stalker

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVNovember 23, 2022

Natalia Bryant attends the CFDA Fashion Awards at Cipriani South Street on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Natalia Bryant, the eldest daughter of the late Kobe Bryant, filed for a restraining order Monday against Dwayne Kemp, a 32-year-old man she has said is stalking her, per Marlene Lenthang and Diana Dasrath of NBC News.

TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that the 19-year-old, who attends USC, had her request for a temporary restraining order approved by a judge.

Kemp will be required to remain 200 yards away from "Bryant, her home, her workplace, her school, her vehicle and sorority house and the USC campus," per the NBC report.

Bryant's filing said Kemp first began harassing her on social media in 2020 and sent her messages that implied they were in a relationship together, like "kissing faces and hearts," and "threatened to make unwanted in-person contact with her."

She said he sent her a picture of her late father in July 2021 with the message, "Thankful For Him Birthing You, Hopefully We Can Birth Him... 'Kobe.'"

"In light of all the trauma that she's already been through with the tragic loss of her father, she doesn't need something like this," her attorney, Lou Shapiro, told ABC7's Josh Haskell. "Unfortunately, people in the spotlight who are well-known, who have well-known last names, they are more likely subject to harassment like this."

Kemp also reportedly tried to track her down on USC's campus twice, most recently in early November, and both the USC campus police and the Los Angeles Police Department backed Bryant in her request to obtain a restraining order.

Per the NBC report, Kemp has either been arrested or convicted on misdemeanors four times, and he regularly posts on social media about guns and gun accessories he wants to purchase.

Per Bryant's filing, Kemp has caused her "substantial emotional distress." Another hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 14.