Bryant countersues former maid

SANTA ANA, Calif. L.A. /*Lakers*/ star /*Kobe Bryant*/ and his wife are countersuing their former maid for breach of contract by talking to the media about the family's private affairs.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, claims /*Maria Jimenez*/, 48, violated a confidentiality agreement prohibiting her from sharing details of her employment.

Jimenez worked for the couple from September of 2007 to March of 2008.

Jimenez initially sued the Lakers star and his wife, claiming /*Vanessa Bryant*/ berated and humiliated her and even demanded that Jimenez put her hand in a trash bag containing dog feces to retrieve a price tag for a ruined blouse.

Jimenez also claims the Bryants told her she had health insurance, but that she ended up with $120,000 in medical bills for surgery.

The Bryants' attorneys say the accusations in Jimenez's lawsuit are false and outrageous. Jimenez's lawyer did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

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