Archive for Friday, March 12, 2004

Court approves questioning of accuser in Bryant case

March 12, 2004


— Rejecting a prosecution appeal, the Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for Kobe Bryant's attorneys to ask the 19-year-old woman accusing him of rape detailed questions about her sexual past.

The court denied the appeal without comment, which means the woman will testify behind closed doors during a two-day hearing that begins March 24.

Prosecutor Mark Hurlbert said he was dismayed by the ruling.

"We continue to have great concern about the humiliation the victim is being asked to endure at the hands of the criminal justice system," Hurlbert said in a statement. "Furthermore, future victims may not report their victimization for fear of similar humiliation."

The defense is expected to ask the woman about previous sexual partners in hopes of backing up its claim that she had a "scheme" to sleep with the Los Angeles Lakers guard.

The defense also says injuries found on the woman during a hospital exam could have come from other sexual partners in the days surrounding her encounter with Bryant.

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