Thursday, January 27, 2005
Documents reveal agreement with American Media
DENVER -- The woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape reached a money settlement with the owners of The Globe and other tabloids
that printed her picture and stories about her hotel encounter with
the NBA star, Bryant's attorneys said Thursday.
The tabloid publisher American Media Inc. agreed to pay the
woman an undisclosed sum, according to court documents filed by the
defense in the woman's civil lawsuit against Bryant.
Bryant's lawyers, who did not disclose how they found out about
the alleged settlement, said the woman's attorneys should have
L. Lin Wood, an attorney representing the woman, did not
immediately return after-hours phone messages Thursday. Calls to
American Media Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., went unanswered
The woman sued Bryant in August, three weeks before prosecutors
dropped their criminal case against him.
The suit seeks unspecified money damages from Bryant for alleged
emotional injuries the woman has suffered since their encounter at
an upscale hotel near Vail in June 2003. The Los Angeles Lakers
player said the sex was consensual.
Information about the alleged settlement with American Media
came in a court filing supporting Bryant's claim that media
organizations, including The Associated Press, and other outside
sources were at least partly responsible for the woman's alleged
The woman has denied the claim, saying Bryant is trying to shift
responsibility away from himself.
The Globe printed the woman's full name on its cover at least
once and front-page photos of a woman it claimed was Bryant's
accuser at least three times. The National Enquirer, another
tabloid published by American Media, also used pictures of the
woman but blocked out her face.
Bryant's attorneys have scheduled a deposition with American
Media representatives Feb. 16, the filing said.
It is the policy of The Associated Press not to name alleged
sexual assault victims. The woman, who has been identified in court
documents, has asked that her name not be used.