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Kobe Bryant Charged; Bryant Charged; He Admits Adultery but Denies Assault
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Sex crimes; Adultery
Author: Mitchell Landsberg, Lance Pugmire and David Kelly
Date: Jul 19, 2003
Start Page: A.1
Section: Main News; Part A; Sports Desk
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[Mark D. Hurlbert] similarly declined to describe the evidence against Bryant, except to say that it included both witness testimony and physical evidence. He did not say if there was any witness besides Bryant and the alleged victim.

Bryant's first court date will be Aug. 6, Hurlbert said, when he will be arraigned and have bail set. The prosecutor would not speculate about when a trial might take place. Assuming the case does go to trial, Bryant's attorneys will have an incentive to make sure it takes place outside basketball season, which runs from October until April -- plus a two-month-long postseason in which the Lakers hope to participate.

'EMBARRASSED AND ASHAMED': "I sit here in front of you guys, furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making the mistake of adultery," [Kobe Bryant] tells reporters at Staples Center.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Lori Shepler Los Angeles Times; DEFENSE TEAM: Harold Haddon and [Pamela Mackey], attorneys for Kobe Bryant, address the media at Staples Center. Mackey, a prominent Denver criminal lawyer, said Bryant would plead not guilty and predicted he would be acquitted.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Lori Shepler Los Angeles Times; PROSECUTOR: Eagle County Dist. Atty. Mark D. Hurlbert, with Sheriff [Joseph Hoy], announces the sexual assault charge.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Reuters; lead photo 'I'M INNOCENT': A tearful Kobe Bryant, with his wife, [Vanessa Bryant], tells a Staples Center news conference that he had made "the mistake of adultery," but insisted the sex he had with his 19-year-old accuser in Colorado was consensual.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Lori Shepler Los Angeles Times

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