Kobe Bryant — Lawyer For Woman Who Accused Him Of Sexual Assault Says She ‘Will Not Be Speaking At This Time’

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Kobe Bryant — Lawyer For Woman Who Accused Him Of Sexual Assault Says She ‘Will Not Be Speaking At This Time’

The woman who accused now late NBA star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault back in 2003 won’t be speaking on him publicly, at least not right now.

The lawyer for the accuser, whose identity has remained concealed, tweeted Friday (Jan. 31),

“The events of this past Sunday are nothing but enormously tragic. And so, while we understand the interest, our client will not be speaking at this time. Thank you for also respecting her privacy.”
The alleged incident occurred in Colorado. Kobe Bryant was in the area to undergo a knee operation. The two met and had intercourse, but she insisted she was raped. She later filed a police report.
The criminal case was eventually dismissed ahead of trial as the woman refused to testify. Kobe Bryant released a statement. He said back then,

“First, I want to apologize directly to the young woman involved in this incident. I want to apologize to her for my behavior that night and for the consequences she has suffered in the past year. Although this year has been incredibly difficult for me personally, I can only imagine the pain she has had to endure.”

He continued,

“I also want to apologize to her parents and family members, and to my family and friends and supporters, and to the citizens of Eagle, Colorado. I also want to make it clear that I do not question the motives of this young woman. No money has been paid to this woman. She has agreed that this statement will not be used against me in the civil case.”

Bryant denied the allegations that he sexually assaulted the woman, and said the intimate moments between them were consensual.

He said,

“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

“I issue this statement today fully aware that while one part of this ends today, another remains. I understand that the civil case against me will go forward. That part of this case will be decided by and between the parties directly involved in the incident and will no longer be a financial or emotional drain on the citizens of the state of Colorado.”

Both parties reached a settlement, but the details of that have never been publicized.

It was previously reported that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven other victims died after a helicopter they were on crashed in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 26th.

Kobe Bryant & daughter Gianna

Continued prayers for Kobe Bryant & all of the victims’ loved ones!

Authored by: Char