Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe’s accuser has court appearance delayed

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s accuser will not be in court
Tuesday to answer questions about her sexual history.

Judge Terry Ruckriegle decided late Monday to postpone the appearance until
the March 24-25 hearings. The decision to delay her day in court was based on
the prosecution’s request to limit the range of questions that the alleged
victim can answer.

Bryant’s accuser was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. The hearings are
now expected to concentrate on whether the Lakers superstar was
illegally questioned by investigators in the days following the incident.

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 the two-day closed-door
hearing was revealed shortly after the judge 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.