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.
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.
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.
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.
But now, the landscape has shifted. In case the details are fuzzy, inBryant was arrested and charged with sexual assault after a year-old Colorado hotel employee said that the NBA star raped her while he was a guest at the luxury lodge she worked at. She said he then grabbed her by the neck, bent her over a chair and violated her as she cried and protested.
After a frustrating season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers fail to win a fourth straight championship, Bryant was in town for an operation on his knee. A year-old concierge at the hotel showed the superstar and his security team to their rooms, and caught his eye. Bryant, a new father of a six-month-old daughter, made small talk with the blonde, and once they arrived at his room, he took her aside and requested that she come back later to give him a private tour of the hotel.
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.
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The year-old Los Angeles Lakers star, who is married and the father of a daughter born in January, was charged with one count of sexual assault, a felony. If convicted, Bryant could serve four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation, Hurlbert said. With his wife and attorney by his side, Bryant took long breaths and said quietly, "You know.
Kobe Bryant was nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday, which has led some to criticize the Academy for recognizing the former NBA star in the MeToo era — in light of his sexual assault arrest. In court documentsthe accuser said Bryant invited her up to his room under the pretense of touring the hotel and then kissed and groped her despite her attempts to rebuff him, and eventually raped her. The woman told police that Bryant physically impeded when she tried to leave the room and choked her when she tried to move away from him.