Bryant Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

In the legal chess game preceding Kobe Bryant's civil trial, lawyers for his accuser contend the basketball star is trying to shift blame for the woman's emotional injuries onto others.

Documents filed in Denver federal court say Bryant is blaming any emotional hurt the woman suffered on the media, state courts and people who threatened her. The court mistakenly released information about the woman more than once.

The woman's refusal to testify against Bryant forced Colorado prosecutors to drop rape charges against him just as the trial was about to get under way.

The accuser's lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages from Bryant for pain and emotional injuries after their encounter at a Vail-area hotel in 2003. Bryant has said the two had consensual sex.


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