Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Judge closes hearing in Kobe Bryant case

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – The judge in the Kobe Bryant case ruled that
Friday’s scheduled hearing to determine whether Bryant’s accuser has
surrendered her medical privacy rights will be closed to the public.

Bryant’s attorneys hope to prove at the January 23 hearing that the 19-year-
old woman gave up her privacy rights by talking about her medical condition
and treatment with others.

Judge Terry Ruckriegle said Wednesday that evidence and testimony to be
presented during the hearing would likely contain embarrassing information
that would be circulated around the world due to the extreme media interest in
the case.

The Los Angeles Lakers star is accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year-
old woman on June 30 at a Colorado resort, a Class 3 felony with penalties
ranging from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.

Bryant, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at the time of the
alleged assault, claimed the two had consensual sex.