Monday , Mar , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe’s attorneys argue that accuser’s sex life should be admissible

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s attorneys argued on Monday that the
sex life of the woman accusing the Lakers’ star of sexual assault should be
admissible during the trial.

The defense hopes to circumvent Colorado’s “rape shield” law, which prohibits
using an alleged rape victim’s sexual history to discredit one’s case.

The defense insists that the accuser had sex with someone else soon after her
alleged assault by Bryant and that she had “multiple acts of sex” in the three
days prior to her encounter with him.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a 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.

The filing by Bryant’s defense team on the first of a two-day closed-door
hearing was revealed shortly after the judge in the case, Terry Ruckriegle,
ordered prosecutors to turn over two pairs of underwear belonging to the
accuser.

Defense attorneys Hal Haddon and Pamela Mackey hope that this evidence will
help exonerate Bryant by proving that the woman had sex with other people
around the same time as her encounter with the All-Star guard.

The prosecution urged the judge in the case not to allow any evidence
regarding the woman’s sexual past, stating that it has no impact as to whether
she was raped.

The accuser is expected to testify for the first time on Tuesday. Prosecutors
have asked the judge to limit what questions Bryant’s attorneys may ask.

LAL