Thursday , Mar , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe’s accuser wants trial ASAP

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s accuser and her mother suggested
to the judge Thursday that a trial date be set soon.

The 19-year-old woman wants the trial to occur as soon as possible to allow
her to life to return to normalcy. The alleged victim has received numerous
death threats and constant media scrutiny since the charges became public.

Three individuals have already been arrested and charged with making death
threats against her.

“Her life is on hold and her safety is in jeopardy,” explained the woman’s
mother in a letter to the court.

The request comes just one day after the woman testified for 3 1/2 hours in
court on Wednesday, supposedly answering questions about her sexual
history to determine if the information is permissible in court for the
impending trial. Bryant was also present at the closed pre-trial hearing,
marking the first time the two were in the same room since the incident on
June 30.

The defense has insisted throughout that the accuser had sex with someone else
less than 15 hours 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 woman’s attorney attempted to protect the witness on the strength of
Colorado’s “rape shield” law, which prohibits using an alleged rape victim’s
sexual history to discredit one’s case.

The Colorado Supreme Court denied the prosecution’s appeal to keep Bryant’s
accuser from answering questions about her sexual history.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting the alleged victim
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 hearings on Thursday saw several witnesses testify about whether Bryant
was illegally questioned by investigators at the Colorado resort. Bryant’s
attorneys want the statements made to the police to be thrown out as evidence.

LAL