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Defense: medical, school records necessary

2/1/2005 - Kobe Bryant

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.