Wednesday , Aug , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Prosecutors request delay in Bryant trial

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – A day after the woman accusing NBA star Kobe
Bryant of sexual assault filed a civil lawsuit, prosecutors asked the judge to
delay the trial indefinitely.

According to prosecutor Dana Easter, the accuser has been affected by the
latest developments in the case and that the release of closed-door testimony
has hampered the prosecution’s chances of getting a fair trial.

Easter also noted that the release of such information less than a month
before the trial is “extremely harmful” and will have an impact on the jury
pool. Jury selection is set to begin on August 27.

The suit filed by the accuser 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
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.

LAL