Tuesday , Jul , 22 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Victim’s friend says she overdosed month before alleged Bryant assault

The 19-year-old alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case in Eagle County reportedly suffered a drug overdose about a month before the alleged assault occurred.

A childhood friend, Ashley Scriver, says the alleged victim suffered an overdose a month before the June 30 incident.

Another friend, Lindsey McKinney, said she believes the overdose was intentional, but others say the woman was never suicidal.

“She’s not suicidal,” the 19-year- old Scriver told The Denver Post on Sunday. “I know that she’s a happy person. It’s not a cry for help.”
Regardless, legal experts tell the Denver Post that the revelation is a big advantage for Bryant’s side.

Silverman said the fact that the woman reportedly took pills after a romantic relationship failed will also work to the defense’s advantage because it shows she can respond irrationally to problems with men. Added to that is the fact that the woman didn’t report the incident until later the next day, Silverman said.

On Friday, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert announced he was charging Bryant with one count of felony sexual assault. The Los Angeles Lakers star staying at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards when the incident occurred. He was in the area for knee surgery.

Bryant held a news conference a few hours after the announcement, admitting he had sex with the accuser, but says it was consensual.

Bryant will return to the Vail area Aug. 6 for a hearing where he will be formally advised of the charges against him.