Bryant Defense Cites Victim Interview, Rape Exam

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Attorneys for basketball star Kobe Bryant went on the offensive Wednesday, the Denver Post reports, establishing that Bryant ended a hotel room incident when the woman resisted and presenting evidence that she’d had another recent sexual encounter.

The accuser went to her sexual-assault exam the day after the incident wearing panties that had semen and pubic hair in them belonging to someone other than Bryant, Eagle County sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters said during the second day of Bryant’s preliminary hearing.

Pamela Mackey, the lead defense attorney for the hearing, countered prosecutors’ account of a violent rape, portraying the June 30 incident instead as a consensual encounter initiated by a promiscuous, flirty 19-year-old.

Mackey urged Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett to dismiss what she called “an extremely thin case.”

Prosecutors, on the other hand, said Winters’ recounting of the woman’s story and other evidence requires the case to be sent to trial in district court.

“He held her by the back of her neck with his hand during sexual intercourse,” said Assistant District Attorney Gregg Crittenden. “He lifted up her skirt. She said ‘no.’ He pulled down her pants. She said ‘no.’ And he penetrated her from behind, and she was crying, and he held her.”

Gannett told the packed courtroom that he would determine over the next few days whether prosecutors have demonstrated “probable cause” to believe a crime was committed and would release a written decision as early as Monday.

Bryant, 25, faces four years to life in prison if convicted of sexual assault in the incident at the upscale Lodge & Spa at Cordillera near Edwards, where he was staying while in the area for minor knee surgery.


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