Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter Natalia Bryant, 19, is granted restraining order against LA man, 32
Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter Natalia Bryant on Wednesday was granted a restraining order against a man who she said had sent her unwanted messages, stalked her in person and owns a cache of weapons.
A Sun Valley, California name named Dwayne Cortez Toliver Kemp, 32, was ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court to remain a minimum of 200 yards from Natalia for the next three years, NBC Los Angeles reported.
Bryant, 19, testified in court in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday about the fear and anxiety Kemp’s actions brought her after he stalked her for multiple years both online and in-person.
Details: Kobe Bryant ‘s eldest daughter Natalia Bryant, 19, on Wednesday was granted a restraining order against a man who she said had sent her unwanted messages, stalked her in person and owns a cache of weapons. Pictured last month in NYC
‘He was in love with me,’ Bryant told the court of Kemp, who she had never met or corresponded with online. ‘He wanted to make love to me. He wanted to be together.’
Bryant told the court that Kemp began sending her direct messages on social media when she was 17-years-old, and she didn’t block him so as not to trigger him to violence.
‘I was in fear for the longest time, that if I did block him, he would act in rage or get angry,’ Bryant said, adding that she continually ignored the messages Kemp sent.
Bryant said Kemp escalated his pattern of disturbing behavior when he showed up at her sorority house at USC to see her, toting a bouquet of edible flowers, then came back with real flowers and asked people at the school where she was.
A Sun Valley, California name named Dwayne Cortez Toliver Kemp, 32, was ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court to remain a minimum of 200 yards from Natalia for the next three years. She was pictured last week in LA
Bryant told the court that Kemp began sending her direct messages on social media when she was 17-years-old, and she didn’t block him so as not to trigger him to violence
‘He says he wants to come visit me, and then … he does,’ she testified.
A detective with the Los Angeles Police Department told the court that Kemp was considered dangerous, citing clips and images he posted online purchasing semiautomatic weapons.
Kemp told the court that he owns the weapons, which are legally registered, as part of his work in security.
He said that he was romantically interested in Bryant once she turned 19, but did not have malicious or harmful intentions, describing the course of events as ‘totally a misunderstanding.’
Kemp said he gives ‘flowers to females all the time, and it works,’ and that he would have backed off of Bryant had she blocked him on social media.
‘If I would’ve been blocked, I would’ve known right then and there that she wasn’t interested,’ Kemp told the court.
The court said in its ruling that Kemp had shown ‘stalking behavior,’ and ordered him to remain at least 200 yards away from Natalia, as well as her home, work, school and vehicle.
Kemp was also ordered to sell, or surrender to authorities, all of his firearms, which he said would hinder his career in security, the outlet reported.
Bryant, who is a model for IMG, is pursuing a degree at film at USC. She is the eldest daughter of the late NBA icon and Vanessa Bryant, 40, who she was seen with in LA last year
In court docs filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month and reviewed by TMZ, Bryant said that Kemp has her fearing for her life after a string of troubling actions that add up to stalking.
Bryant said Kemp first made an attempt to contact her in 2020 ‘as if we had a romantic relationship, or as if he wanted to initiate such a relationship,’ according to court docs obtained by Fox.
In one instance, Natalia said that Kemp sent her a DM that included a picture of the late Kobe Bryant with the inscription, ‘Thankful For Him Birthing You, Hopefully We Can Birth Him… Kobe,’ with the implication they would have ‘a Kobe-like child together.’
Bryant told the court Kemp sent her another message this past October 23, 2022 that read, ‘I Love You And I’m Sorry. Can We Talk And Makeup So We Can Be Friends Again..?’
According to court papers, Kemp is ‘a gun enthusiast’ who has been arrested and/or convicted on at least four occasions, in one instance involving firearms.
Kemp has past ‘threatened to buy both an AK-47 and a fully automatic Glock,’ the outlet reported citing court docs, and in currently in the purchasing process of a firearm.
Bryant, who is a model for IMG, is pursuing a degree at film at USC. She is the eldest daughter of the late NBA icon, 41, and Vanessa Bryant, 40, who are also parents to the late Gigi, 13, as well as Bianka, five, and Capri, three.
Kobe and Gigi died with seven others on January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.