March 2, 2005

Kobe Bryant sexual assault chronology

Timeline of the civil case against Lakers guard Kobe Bryant:

June 30, 2003 | Bryant arrives at Lodge & Spa at Cordillera near Edwards, Colo., a day before knee surgery in Vail.

July 1 | A 19-year-old employee tells sheriff’s deputies Bryant sexually assaulted her.

July 18 | District Attorney Mark Hurlbert files single count of felony sexual assault. Bryant says he committed adultery but is innocent of assault.

Aug. 10, 2004 | Accuser files civil lawsuit against Bryant in federal court, seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering, “public scorn, hatred and ridicule.”

Sept. 1 | Judge dismisses criminal case after prosecution says the alleged victim does not want to participate in the trial.

Sept. 1 | Kobe Bryant issues the following statement:

First, I want to apologize directly to the young woman involved in this incident. I want to apologize to her for my behavior that night and for the consequences she has suffered in the past year. Although this year has been incredibly difficult for me personally, I can only imagine the pain she has had to endure. I also want to apologize to her parents and family members, and to my family and friends and supporters, and to the citizens of Eagle, Colorado.

I also want to make it clear that I do not question the motives of this young woman. No money has been paid to this woman. She has agreed that this statement will not be used against me in the civil case. 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. 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.

I issue this statement today fully aware that while one part of this case ends today, another remains. I understand that the civil case against me will go forward. That part of this case will be decided by and between the parties directly involved in the incident and will no longer be a financial or emotional drain on the citizens of the state of Colorado.

Oct. 6 | Judge rejects woman’s request to remain anonymous.

Nov. 10 | Bryant’s attorneys argue media organizations, individuals and the Colorado court system share responsibility for causing the woman emotional distress.

Nov. 17 | Attorneys meet with judge in first hearing in federal court. In a court filing, attorneys indicate they have discussed settlement possibilities.

Dec. 1 | Accuser’s attorneys dispute defense argument that media, others share responsibility for woman's distress, saying the defense just wanted to shift responsibility.

Dec. 6 | Bryant’s attorneys ask judge to prohibit accuser's attorneys from asking him questions about his sex life, ask to delay deposition.

Jan. 9, 2005 | Accuser’s attorney L. Lin Wood says woman decided against filing parallel lawsuit in California.

Jan. 12 | Bryant’s attorneys argue against allowing questioning about his sex life to protect privacy of past sexual partners.

Feb. 2 | Judge Richard Matsch throws out Bryant's attempt to share blame with media, others; orders both sides to stop including “scandalous” information in public filings; says he hopes for summer trial.

March 2 | Settlement announced; no terms disclosed.

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