Friday , Jan , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe’s attorney raises issue of race

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s defense team raised the issue of
race in court Friday, suggesting a history of African-American men being
falsely accused of rape by white women.

Defense attorney Pamela Mackey mentioned the race issue during a hearing to
determine if the medical history of Bryant’s 19-year-old accuser can be used
against her during the trial.

The NBA All-Star’s defense team has long been looking for access to the
woman’s medical history in an attempt to damage her credibility in court. But
they have also asked the judge to seal a tape of Bryant’s police
interrogation, citing their client’s privacy rights.

Friday’s appearance marked the third by Bryant before the judge.

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.