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Kobe Bryant and victim agree to settle civil suit

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and the woman who accused him of sexual assault have reportedly agreed in principle to settle the civil lawsuit she filed in a Denver Fe

ABC News is reporting that Kobe Bryant and his victim agreed to a settlement for emotional and other injuries the woman suffered in regard to the alleged sexual assault. Sources say both parties are working out details of the settlement and that it could be signed by the end of the week.

Bryant had been scheduled to give a deposition this past Friday, but it was cancelled, raising speculation that the civil lawsuit against him might be nearing a settlement.

The 26-year-old Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year- old woman at a Colorado resort in June of 2003. Bryant, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at the time of the alleged incident, claimed the two had consensual sex.

Eagle County prosecutors eventually dismissed the sexual assault charges last September, just before the trial was set to begin.

Prosecutors decided to drop the criminal case after the alleged victim was not willing to testify when the trial began. She then filed a civil suit on August 10. In a civil suit, the alleged victim doesn’t have to testify.

The All-Star guard issued an apology after the criminal charges were dropped. He maintained that the encounter was consensual, but recognized that the woman did not view the incident the same way.

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