Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant’s accuser files civil suit against NBA star

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – The woman accusing Kobe Bryant of sexual assault
has now filed a civil lawsuit against the NBA star in a Denver Federal
District Court.

The suit filed Tuesday seeks undisclosed damages for pain, suffering and
“public scorn, hatred and ridicule.” The woman’s attorneys requested a jury
trial and compensatory damages of at least $75,000, with punitive damages to
be determined at a later time.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year-old
woman more than a year ago at a Colorado resort, a Class 3 felony with
penalties ranging from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on

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 criminal trial for the All-Star guard is set to begin on August 27. The
attorneys on both sides are not permitted to talk about the case because of a
court-imposed gag order.