Before Kobe Bryant’s split from wife, actress Sanaa Latham spied flirting with Lakers star at concert
[EKIMEEZA GOSSIP] -LOS ANGELES- Kobe Bryant’s impending divorce may come as good news to Sanaa Lathan. A source who attended Jay-Z and Kanye West ’s Watch the Throne concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday tells us that the luscious-lipped “Love & Basketball” actress was flirting seductively with the Lakers guard during the show.
“She touched his face, and she was shaking her a– in front of him to the music,” says the insider.
Bryant’s spokesman, Michael Sitrick, says Bryant and Lathan were “both at the concert,” but he adds: “There was no flirting. There’s nothing there.”
According to our source, Lathan, 40, who’s the voice of Donna Tubbs on “The Cleveland Show,” came to the concert with a girlfriend, and Bryant, 33, who was with teammate Matt Barnes and a bodyguard, were initially seated on adjacent couches in the club-like friends-and-family VIP area behind center stage. Kim Kardashian , Beyoncé and Jake Gyllenhaal were among the other celebs in attendance.
Eventually, Lathan and Bryant ended up standing next to each other, and that’s when our source said the actress, who was drinking champagne, became progressively more flirtatious with the NBA star, who stuck to soft drinks, presumably because he’s in training. Lathan, attired in a sexy white-chiffon dress over what appeared to be a black bra, was “whispering in his ear” and at one point stroked the ballplayer’s face. “It seemed like a pretty intimate gesture,” says the source.
At one point she left her seat and when she came back, she made sure she was standing next to Kobe again,” says the source She also danced to Jay-Z and West’s performance in front of Bryant.
“She was throwing her head everywhere. Her hair was like slapping him in the face,” laughs the source, who adds that at one point, one of the straps of Lathan’s dressed slipped enticingly off her shoulder. When West performed “All of the Lights,” Bryant and Lathan danced together.
Sitrick denies this however, saying, “There was no touching of the face, and he did not dance with her.”
Despite Lathan’s attentions, the source noted that Bryant seemed “moody” and “down,” and the two seemed to go their separate ways. Bryant’s glum disposition may have had to do with his wife, Vanessa Bryant ’s, decision to initiate divorce proceedings after 10½ years of marriage. The case was filed in Orange County Superior Court on Friday.
Vanessa, 29, cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, but, TMZ.com reported that she decided to end the marriage over another allegation of infidelity. The beautiful brunette stuck by Bryant after he admitted to a 2003 sexual encounter with a Colorado concierge who accused him of rape.
Reps for Lathan did not respond by deadline. Sources also included : New York Daily News.