Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Defense alleges settlement from tabloid
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Tabloid publisher American Media
Inc. has asked a federal judge to throw out a subpoena demanding it
turn over documents and testify in the civil lawsuit filed by the
woman accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape.
The publisher of The Globe and other tabloids has printed the
woman's picture and stories about her 2003 hotel encounter with the
Los Angeles Lakers star. Bryant's attorneys said last month
American Media had reached a settlement with her, but the company
hasn't confirmed that and no details have been disclosed.
Attorneys for the woman, Bryant and America Media did not return
messages left Tuesday.
The woman sued Bryant in August, three weeks before the criminal
case against him collapsed when she decided she could not take part
in a trial. Bryant, a married father of one, issued an apology but
insisted the sex was consensual.
The civil suit in Colorado federal court seeks unspecified
damages for mental injuries, humiliation and public scorn the
former hotel worker said she has suffered since their encounter in
June 2003 at a resort near Vail, Colo.
American Media was served with the subpoena Jan. 10 from
Bryant's lawyers seeking testimony and documents regarding to any
communication between the company and the woman, the publisher's
attorney said in a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in
West Palm Beach.
The filing said Bryant failed to show "substantial need" for
the information or that it was relevant to the woman's lawsuit.
The filing said that American Media had agreed to let Bryant's
lawyers take a deposition from a representative for the Boca
Raton-based company. But his lawyers broke that agreement, which
would have protected any confidential information, the filing said.