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Basketball Star Sorry For Sex Act

RAPE charges have been dropped against basketballer Kobe Bryant after his alleged victim refused to give evidence.
The Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association star, 26, who had been facing life in jail if convicted, can never be charged again over the alleged rape, under a deal between prosecutors and Bryant's lawyers.
The dramatic development culminated 14 months of legal wrangling since the then-19-year-old woman accused the superstar of assaulting her at an exclusive resort near Eagle, Colorado on June 30, 2004. In a dramatic end to proceedings, prosecutors said they had no choice but to drop the case after Bryant's alleged victim, now 20, who has never been publicly named, refused to take any further part in the trial.
Speculation was mounting last night a deal had been struck between Bryant and his accuser to drop the case, but the Bryant legal team is insisting no money has been given to the accuser. The woman's lawyer, John Clune, said she had not asked for any monetary settlement, but had filed a civil suit against Bryant which was going forward in a federal court in Denver.
Bryant, who denied rape but acknowledged a sexual encounter he said was consensual, issued a statement, apologising to the woman. her family and to residents of Eagle "for my behaviour that night and the consequences she has suffered". In a deal between parties, Bryant's statement about the case cannot be used in the civil action.

Adelaide Advertiser (3-9-2004)
Nick Papps

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