Kobe accuser not enrolled for sophomore year

Updated: August 27, 2003, 2:00 AM ET
Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo. -- The woman who accused Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant of raping her has not returned to the University of Northern Colorado for her sophomore year.

He can relate
Mike Tyson doesn't know Kobe Bryant all that well, but the former heavyweight champion-turned convicted rapist-turned second-rate fighter can say with absolute conviction that he knows what it's like to walk in the Lakers star's shoes.

" ... I just hope he gets with his family, his father who he's estranged from, his mother and everything," Tyson said during an interview this week on tabloid TV show "Access Hollywood."

"Because when it comes down to it, his life is on the line."
-- ESPN.com news services

The 19-year-old Eagle woman was not enrolled as of Tuesday, the second day of classes, UNC spokeswoman Gloria Reynolds said.

An attorney for the woman did not immediately return a call. Reynolds said she did not know why the woman did not return to school.

Bryant, 25, is charged with assaulting the woman June 30 at the Edwards resort hotel where she worked. He has said the two had consensual sex.

Bryant faces an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing to determine whether he will stand trial on a charge of felony sexual assault.

The woman's freshman year at Northern Colorado in Greeley, a farm community 60 miles north of Denver, was interrupted Feb. 25 when she was rushed to a hospital by ambulance.

Campus police chief Terry Urista said the woman "was a danger to herself," but refused to characterize the episode as a suicide attempt.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press