Defense: medical, school records necessary

Updated: February 1, 2005, 11:43 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- An attorney for the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape said Tuesday that the woman is willing to give defense lawyers some of her medical and school records but doesn't want them to have direct access to the records.

Bryant's lawyers asked a federal judge this week to force her to turn over the records, saying she has refused to give them information they need to defend the NBA star against her civil suit.

"My client has not refused to provide her educational and medical records to Bryant," said L. Lin Wood, one of the woman's lawyers. But Wood said she would only get the "relevant" records herself and turn them over to the defense.

Wood said the woman doesn't want to give Bryant's lawyers permission to get the files themselves, saying they have leaked information to the press in the past. Pamela Mackey, one of Bryant's lawyers, did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday.

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.

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 is 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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