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Bryant’s lawyers portray accuser as troubled, desperate

December 16, 2003

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— Kobe Bryant's accuser is a troubled young woman who was seeking attention from her ex-boyfriend by accusing the Los Angeles Laker of rape, defense lawyers said in new court filings.

In motions released Monday, Bryant's lawyers also asked a judge to throw out much of the evidence against him and to overturn a state law that limits what defense lawyers can ask about an alleged rape victim.

Evidence the defense seeks to bar includes an interview of Bryant secretly taped by investigators and a T-shirt he was wearing the night he allegedly assaulted the 19-year-old concierge at an exclusive resort. Investigators say the woman's blood was found on the shirt.

Bryant is charged with sexual assault. He has said he and the woman had consensual sex.

Seventeen motions filed by the defense and prosecutors were released Monday. It wasn't immediately clear whether the judge would consider any of them at a hearing scheduled Friday.

Another hearing is scheduled Jan. 23.

The defense also asked the judge for permission to introduce as evidence reports that the woman twice attempted suicide, and statements that she was taking a drug to treat schizophrenia.

The attorneys submitted what they called proof the woman took schizophrenia medication, but it was filed under seal.

Bryant's lawyers argued that evidence collected during a search of Bryant's hotel room should be thrown out because investigators did not tell him they had a warrant. The defense said the T-shirt should not have been taken as evidence because Bryant was wearing it during the search, and the warrant authorized them to take only items from the room, not his person.

Bryant faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted.

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