posted on Jul, 18 2003 @ 12:23 PM
Thursday, July 17, 2003
EAGLE, Colo. — Prosecutors say they will announce Friday whether Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be charged with sexually assaulting a
19-year-old woman at an exclusive mountain resort.
Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert will make the announcement at 5 p.m. EDT, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Hurlbert would not be available
for comment until then, she said.
Bryant, 24, turned himself in to authorities July 4 on allegations he attacked the 19-year-old woman at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in nearby
Edwards on June 30. He was released the same day on $25,000 bail.
His attorney said he is innocent. In a brief interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bryant said he "would never do something like that."
The five-time NBA All-Star had been in Colorado for knee surgery at a Vail clinic.
Bryant attended the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, but avoided the media in his first public appearance since his arrest. He sat in
the audience smiling and laughing with his wife, Vanessa.
The case has drawn national attention to this mountain town about 100 miles west of Denver. Dozens of journalists have visited the middle-class
cul-de-sac where the woman lives with her parents.
Details of the case have been sealed under a court order, although the woman reportedly is a spa employee. Friends have described her as a former
cheerleader and 2002 graduate of Eagle Valley Senior High School
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[Edited on 18-7-2003 by theshadowknows]