Prosecutors: Cameras would violate state rules
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant said Tuesday that allowing cameras in the courtroom during the basketball star's Oct. 9 preliminary hearing would violate state court rules.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert's filing said the rules allow cameras only during advisement hearings, arraignment hearings and trials.
Bryant, 25, is charged with assaulting a 19-year-old woman on June 30 at a resort hotel where she worked. He claims the two had consensual sex.
Media organizations have asked Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett to allow still and video cameras during the preliminary hearing.
"At the preliminary hearing, many facts of the case will come out,'' Hurlbert wrote. "The word-by-word reporting of those facts would greatly prejudice the victim and the defendant's right to fair trial.''
Bryant's attorneys earlier raised similar objections.
Also Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley confirmed that Bryant's accuser has not returned for her sophomore year.
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