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Kobe Bryant Rape Case Not Forgotten Even After His Death

Los Angeles LakersΒ legendΒ Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles LakersΒ legendΒ Kobe Bryant

On January 26, 2020, the sports world mourned the death ofΒ Los Angeles LakersΒ legendΒ Kobe Bryant.Β Though his career had many ups and downs, he had succeeded. Though his career had a major division, dividing it into his life before and after the incident.

The rape case incident

LOS ANGELES- JULY 18: Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attend a news conference at Staples Center, the home of the Lakers, July 18, 2003, in Los Angeles, California. The 24-year-old NBA star proclaimed his innocence of the sexual assault charges filed by the district attorney of Eagle, Colorado, for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

Bryant was accused in 2003. After the incident, when he checked into the Cordillera Lodge and Spa in Edwards, Colo. He was there to have a knee operation at a clinic in nearby Vail.

The victim had been working in the hotel ad was a 19years college student at that time. According to her, Bryant had asked her to return later and give him a private tour of the property. She did, and then Bryant invited her into his room. When she was about to leave, he hugged her and started kissing. He later raped her on a chair.

While Bryant and the victim had a different opinion about the incident that took place, according to him, it was consensual sex, but according to the victim, it was rape.

Prosecutors seemed to have a strong case at that time. According to court documents, an examination of the woman at the hospital revealed a bruise on her neck and tears in her vaginal wall. Both her underwear and Bryant’s shirt were bloody. Bryant told the police he had not explicitly asked for consent.

The case was dropped later.

The criminal case was dropped on September 1, 2004, after the accuser declined to testify. The woman filed a civil lawsuit in August 2004, and that case was settled out of court on March 2, 2005.

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Even though Bryant’s reputation took a massive hit, he worked hard to build it again and was an advocate of women and women’s sports at the time of his death. Later this year, he had released a statement about the whole incident and had asked for forgiveness from the victim. He felt sorry for everything she had gone through even though he felt they had consensual sex.

The women who accused Kobe won’t speak about him publicly.

On January 26, 2020, the sports world mourned the death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers had died in the tragic helicopter crash.

The attorney for the woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape in 2003 said his client would not be speaking publicly about Bryant.

John Clune’s attorney of the victim had tweeted on behalf of his client that even though this was an enormously tragic, his client will not be speaking at this time.

 

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