Praises were sung to the Basketball legend Kobe Bryant after he died in a plane crash on Sunday. However, it sounded like only good things were mentioned and fans forgot that he was, in fact, a rapist.
That was until the actress Evan Rachel Wood came to our rescue as she recalled the allegations witing on her social media.
In case you didn’t follow the case we will give you details on it.
In July 2003 Kobe made headlines after he was arrested on sexual assault charges. The NBA star had raped a 19-year-old hotel worker at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado.
The young lady alleged that after giving Kobe a tour of the hotel he requested for her to kiss him of which she agreed and entered his room.
Bryant then started being aggressive grope her and forced himself on her. He chocked throughout as he was doing his deeds.
“Every time I said ‘no,’ he tightened his hold around me,” she told police, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.
The hotel worker told cops that Bryant warned her, “[This] is just between the two, the two of us, nobody is gonna know about this, you’re not going to tell anybody.”
However, Kobe denied raping her said the sex was consensual.
“I didn’t force her to do anything against her will. I’m innocent,” he said at a news conference after being charged — with wife Vanessa standing by his side.
“I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery.”
The hospital that examined the woman the day after the incident confirmed that she had injuries “not consistent with consensual sex.”
She also had a small bruise on her jawline and her blood was found on the T-shirt Bryant wore on the night of the incident, cops said.
Byrant responded to the injuries and the chocking as being part of sexual kink. Prosecutors dropped the charges — which could have sent Bryant to prison for life — in 2004 after the accuser decided against testifying.
She was however compensated with an undisclosed amount of money by Kobe Bryant, the NBA star also offered a public apology.
“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did,” his statement said.
“After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”