Rape Crisis Center Notes Off Limits to Kobe Bryant
Oct 6, 8:14 pm ET
DENVER (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's lawyers will not be allowed to see notes detailing what the woman who has accused the basketball star of rape told a counselor at a rape crisis center, a judge ruled on Monday.
The defense wanted to see records of what took place when the 19-year-old woman spoke to a counselor at a rape crisis center, the Resource Center of Eagle County, after she said she was raped on June 30 at a Colorado resort where she worked.
The ruling by Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett came three days before the 25-year-old basketball star was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing to determine if he must stand trial on one charge of rape.
The judge said the defense could see training materials and other documents used to train the victim's advocate, but nothing specifically on "Jane Doe" -- as the woman who accused Bryant is referred to in court documents.
The defense wants to see as much background about the woman as possible in the hope of attacking her credibility or raising questions about her mental state.
The judge said if the Los Angeles Laker is bound over for trial a district court judge should decide if the defense can see notes on what the woman said at the rape crisis center.
Bryant, who is in Hawaii for team practice, has denied he attacked the woman and characterized the June 30 encounter as consensual sex.
The day he was charged he said in Los Angeles with his wife Vanessa at his side that his only crime was adultery. Newsweek in his latest edition reported that in March Bryant was in contact with a divorce lawyer and when his wife learned about the meeting she had to be rushed to hospital.
While Bryant is expected in court in Eagle, Colorado on Thursday, many legal experts have said the defense team may decide to waive the hearing.
The prosecution is set to show pictures of what is says are injuries the woman sustained at a posh Colorado resort where she was working as a concierge and Bryant was staying before having surgery in nearby Vail.
The defense may want to avoid the bad publicity that will surface at the hearing.
The judge ruled last week that the woman does not have to appear at the preliminary hearing.
Attorneys for both sides are scheduled on Tuesday to have a teleconference call with the judge about Thursday's hearing.