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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Bryant Accuser Files Civil Suit: The woman accusing Kobe Bryant of sexually assaulting her last year has filed a civil lawsuit against the star basketball player. This action fuels speculation that she will drop the criminal charges against Bryant and instead focus on the easier to prove and potentially lucrative civil case. In a civil case, she must only prove that Bryant assaulted her by a "preponderance of the evidence," rather than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" facing the prosecution in the criminal case. But the civil case could prove fatal to the criminal prosecution, as defense lawyers will now try to convince the jury that her motives were purely financial. This action comes in the wake of substantial criticism that has been directed at the judge in the criminal case for numerous mistakes, including the release of the name of and confidential information about the accuser.

I will have more on this later, but for now, here is the complaint.


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