The Kobe Bryant Case

Background and the Latest Developments

Professional basketball star Kobe Bryant, 24, is charged with a single count of felony sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman at an exclusive spa where he was staying when he came to Colorado for knee surgery in the summer of 2003. If convicted, he faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine of up to $750,000.

Latest Developments

Kobe Bryant to Settle Lawsuit
March 1, 2005
ABC News is reporting that Kobe Bryant and the woman who accused him of sexual assault at a Colorado resort have agreed in principle to settle the civil lawsuit she brought against him and are working out the details of the agreement.

Previous Developments

Kobe Bryant Accuser's Identity to Be Disclosed
Oct.
5, 2004
The woman who accused NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape will have to disclose her real name in her civil lawsuit against him after a federal judge agreed with Bryant's attorneys that allowing her to maintain her anonymity may make it seem that the court was favoring her in the case.

Kobe Bryant Evidence to Be Released?
Sept. 28, 2004
Evidence in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, previously sealed by the judge, may be released to the press after the NBA Star's attorneys dropped their efforts to fight keeping the records sealed.

Charges Against Kobe Bryant Dismissed - Sept. 1, 2004
Kobe Bryant will not be tried on sexual assault charges after Judge Terry Ruckriegle accepted a prosecution motion to dismiss the charges because the woman who accused him of raping her decided not to testify. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert told Ruckriegle he requested dismissal "solely on the fact the victim at this time is unable to go forward."

Bryant Jury Questioning Enters Second Day
A total of 164 potential jurors have been questioned by attorneys in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case in the first two days of jury selection and both the defense and prosecution have voiced concerns about jurors having already made up their minds about the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

Jury Questioning Begins in Kobe Bryant Trial - Aug. 31, 2004
Kobe Bryant was in court Monday as attorneys began to question potential jurors individually behind closed doors for his up-coming trial on one count of felony sexual assault of a 19-year-old resort employee in Eagle, Colorado.

Judge Chastises Byrant Prosecutor's Move - Aug. 26, 2004
A frustrated Judge Terry Ruckriegle chastised prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case for waiting until the last minute to request a hearing to challenge some of the DNA evidence that the defense plans to introduce during the trial.

DNA in Kobe Bryant Case Contaminated? - Aug. 25, 2004
It is usually the defense which tries to argue that DNA evidence in criminal cases has been contaminated at the lab, but the Colorado prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case have requested a hearing to question the reliability of DNA evidence introduced by the defense team's experts.

No Court TV for Kobe Bryant Trial - Aug. 24, 2004
Judge Terry Ruckriegle has denied a request of Court TV to broadcast the sexual assault trial of NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant, saying the airing the trial could cause the potential of intimidation and the reluctance on the part of witnesses in the high-profile case.

Prosecution Loses Appeal - Aug. 16, 2004
The Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of Judge Terry Ruckriegle's ruling last month that the defense can use information about the sexual activities of the woman who is accusing Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.

Judge Denies Prosecution Request of Delay - Aug. 13, 2004
Saying the prosecution failed to present a valid reason, the Judge in the Kobe Bryant rape case denied a request to delay the trial indefinitely. At the same time, the judge ruled that the defense will not be able to introduce into evidence information about the accuser's medical history, suicide attempts or drug or alcohol use.

Prosecution Wants Gag Order Lifted - Aug. 13, 2004
Prosecutors have joined the accuser's attorneys in asking that a strict gag order issued by the judge in the Kobe Bryant case be loosened, because it make it impossible for them to counter rumors and allegations.

These are previous daily reports of developments in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.

Accuser's Father Blasts Judge - Aug 12, 2004
The Judge in the Kobe Bryant case is taking heat -- from the prosecutors citing courthouse mistakes as a reason for seeking an indefinite delay in the trail and from the father of the accuser, accusing the judge of bias against the prosecution. Meanwhile, prosecutors have asked the Colorado Supreme Court to overturn Judge Terry Ruckriegle's ruling to allow the accuser's sexual activities into evidence.

See also: Kobe Accuser's Father Blasts Judge in Letter

Judge Expands Gag Order, Attorney File Documents - Aug 12, 2004
After Judge Terry Ruckriegle expanded an existing gag order in the Kobe Bryant case, attorneys for the defense and attorneys for his accuser exchanged accusation about their motivations in court documents. The defense said the woman's attorneys were "making inflammatory remarks to influence jurors" and attorneys for the accuser said she was not "the slut that she's been made out to be about the defense.

Accuser Files Civil Suit Against Kobe - Aug. 10, 2004
Apparently blowing off the criminal case after being treated badly by the court, Kobe Bryant's accuser filed a federal civil lawsuit against the NBA star, asking for a jury trial and damages of at least $75,000.

Some experts say the move could sabotage the criminal case against Bryant, three weeks before the trial is set to begin.

Attorneys John Clune and Lin Wood said their client was owed money for pain, "public scorn, hatred and ridicule" she has suffered as a result of the alleged attack last summer.

See AP story: Accuser Files Civil Suit Against Bryant. Kobe Bryant: 'A Long Sigh of Relief' - August 9, 2004
Becoming disgusted with the criminal court process and criticizing the court's pretrial disclosures about her sex life, the attorneys for woman accusing Bryant of rape have suggested that she is pulling out of the criminal case and will seek regress in civil court, where the burden of proof is lower.

Observers believe that the prosecution's case again Bryant was already weak and had become even weaker when the judge in the case decided to allow the accuser's sex life to be used as evidence in the case after a lengthy hearing.

Some think some kind of "plea bargain" effort is taking place in the background.

Judge Issues Gag Order - August 6, 2004
The judge in the Kobe Bryant case has expanded a gag order after lawyers his accuser is rethinking her participation in the criminal trial, which is fast approaching.

Transcript Shows Prosecution Fears - August 3, 2004
Closed hearing transcripts released today show that a month before the judge cleared the way for the accuser's sex life to be used as evidence, prosecutors told him such a ruling would force them to re-evaluate their chances of winning a conviction.