Defense wants medical, educational records

Updated: January 31, 2005, 10:21 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Attorneys for Kobe Bryant asked a federal judge Monday to force the woman accusing him of rape to turn over her medical and educational records so they can defend the NBA star against her civil lawsuit.

The woman's lawyers have refused to release the records or identify her health care providers, which Bryant's attorneys say violate court rules. Withholding such information unfairly hinders their ability to defend Bryant or prepare expert witnesses, his attorneys argued in a filing in U.S. District Court.

The woman sued Bryant in federal court in August, three weeks before the criminal case against him collapsed in Eagle County. The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages from Bryant for the alleged mental injuries, humiliation and public scorn the woman has suffered since their encounter at an upscale hotel near Vail in June 2003.

Bryant issued an apology to the woman but maintained the sex was consensual.

His attorneys argued Monday that the woman has repeatedly emphasized her alleged emotional injuries without documented proof.

"[The woman] has steadfastly refused to provide the very records that would permit the defense to verify, or refute, her claims," the filing said.

The woman's attorneys, L. Lin Wood and John Clune, did not immediately return after-hours phone messages to their offices and personal phones Monday.

Both sides have been sparring through court documents over what personal information should be allowed during trial. No trial date has been set.

The woman's attorneys are fighting to keep out defense claims that media organizations, including The Associated Press, and other outside sources are at least partially responsible for the woman's alleged emotional injuries.

Meanwhile, Bryant has refused to be questioned under oath by the woman's attorneys until they agree not to ask him about past sexual relationships.

Those issues could be discussed during a hearing Wednesday. It's unclear whether the woman or Bryant will be in the courtroom because neither are required to appear.

It is the policy of The Associated Press not to name alleged sexual assault victims without their consent. The woman, whose name appears in court documents, has asked that her name not be used in AP stories.


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