Kobe Bryant’s 19-year-old daughter, Natalia, is filing for a restraining order against the alleged stalker


Natalia Bryant, the daughter of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, has filed for a restraining order against an alleged stalker in Los Angeles, court records show.

The 19-year-old University of Southern California student filed a restraining order Monday against 32-year-old Dwayne Cortez Toliver Kemp of Sun Valley, California.

The filing states that Kemp allegedly started harassing her on social media in 2020 when she was just 17 years old and he was 30.

Since 2020, Kemp, described in the filing as an online gun enthusiast, began messaging her on social media as if they were in a romantic relationship, or as if he wanted to get into such a relationship, the filing said. She never met him but was scared when he sent kissing faces and hearts and threatened to make unwanted personal contact with her, it said.

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Image: Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant (Jordan Strauss/TBEN)

In July 2021, Kemp allegedly DMed Bryant with a photo of her father, Kobe Bryant, and a message alluding to his hopes that he and Bryant could have a Kobe-like child together, the filing said.

“Grateful that he gave birth to you, hopefully we can give birth to him… ‘Kobe,'” he wrote, according to the filing.

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The harassment “escalated over time,” and he tried to find her on the University of Southern California campus at least twice, most recently on Nov. 2, prompting her to fear for her safety, according to the application.

There were multiple witnesses to the escalating behavior, including by USC faculty, the USC Department of Public Safety and its sororities, the filing said. USC and USC’s Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to NBC News requests for comment Tuesday morning.

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Further, Kemp appears to be a gun enthusiast who posted online about his penchant for firearms, the filing alleges.

Shortly after attempting to visit Bryant at USC on Nov. 2, he posted images of a “Draco” and a “mini Draco” with the comment “next” implying this would be his next purchase, the filing said. Both are pistol style AK-47 firearms.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com


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