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

Kobe’s defense team won’t get medical records

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant’s defense team suffered a setback on
Wednesday when the judge in the case ruled that the medical records of the 19-
year-old woman accusing Bryant of sexual assault would not be accessible.

The court heard testimony during hearings on January 23, February 2 and March
2 from witnesses concerning the alleged victim’s medical history.

Chief District Court Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle said that none of the witnesses
convinced him that the accuser intended to waive her confidentiality rights by
discussing her medical conditions and treatment with others.

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

Bryant’s attorneys wanted access to the medical records of the woman
accusing the Lakers star of rape because they believe it would show that she
had mental problems that may have affected her perception of what happened at
the resort.