The Kobe Bryant rape case was dismissed yesterday in Eagle, Colo. Bryant of sexual assault was unwilling to testify, leaving the state no option but to drop all charges. The decision, which capped a yearlong drama of legal maneuvering and debate about the nation's rape laws -- going to Colorado's highest court three times and to the United States Supreme Court once -- came after meetings with the woman, her family and her lawyers, the district attorney in the case, Mark Hurlbert, said.
The Colorado woman who said she was raped by Kobe Bryant told cops the basketball star bent her over a chair and assaulted her while she sobbed and told him to stop, a detective testified yesterday. The year-old woman's account of what happened on June 30 at the posh hotel near Vail, where she worked, was laid out in graphic detail by Eagle County Sheriff's Detective Doug Winters. She was not in the courtroom.
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The case never went to trial after the woman decided she didn't want to testify, and the charges were dropped. Because the whole process for me was trying to figure out how to cope with this. I wasn't going to be passive and let this thing just swallow me up. You've got a responsibility: Family, baby, organization, whole city, yourself—how do you figure out how to overcome this?
The Kobe Bryant sexual assault case began in July when the news media reported that the sheriff's office in Eagle, Coloradohad arrested professional basketball player Kobe Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a year-old hotel employee. The woman accused Bryant of raping her in his hotel room on July 1, the night before the surgery. Bryant admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied the assault allegation.
When Kobe Bryant retired two and a half years ago, I wrote a piece about the legacy of his rape case. Since then, thanks to the MeToo and TimesUp movements, society has re-examined the way our power structures boost alleged abusers and steamroll alleged victims. Because of the framing, I instantly hoped that this profile — which was about 6, words, had an extreme amount of access to its subject, and was written by a journalist I very much admire, Kent Babb — signaled that Bryant was finally willing to directly address the rape allegations and the case that followed.
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Colorado prosecutors are weighing whether to file charges against Bryant in the case of a year-old college student who accused him of sexual assault. Few details have been revealed, but authorities say the alleged attack occurred in the lodge on June Bryant has denied the accusation.
Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault by Colorado hotel employee back in15 years before Oscar win. Here, a look back at the case filed by a thenyear-old hotel employee in Colorado, who accused Bryant of rape. The woman told authorities that she was assaulted by Bryant while working at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.
Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy told the Vail Daily on Wednesday that the woman underwent tests at a hospital, but he declined to identify the tests or the facility. He said the tests were common practice in sexual assault cases. Sheriff's detective Doug Winters said Wednesday that Bryant was allowed to leave on his own because he had not been charged. Deputies stayed with the Lakers guard while he was at the hospital to protect the integrity of the evidence, according to the newspaper.