Kobe Bryant saga: The background

Updated: October 9, 2003, 5:05 PM ET

The Case
Kobe Bryant was arrested in Eagle, Colo., on July 4 and charged with felony sexual assault on July 18 in an alleged incident with a 19-year-old girl at a luxury hotel. If convicted, he faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine of up to $750,000.

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The Complaint | The Charges
Legal Definition of Sexual Assault
The Legal Teams
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 Out in Public
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa made an appearance at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards show.
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ESPN.com Opinion/Analysis
Oct. 4, 2003
Stein: Kobe seems calm amid surreal return
Kobe Bryant looked as comfortable as could be expected despite the media scrum Saturday at his first practice back with the Lakers.

Oct. 3, 2003
Stein: Lakers to be patient
Bryant's Laker teammates welcomed him to camp, but had little to say as their teammate arrived.

Oct. 2, 2003
Jackson: Kobe can take his time
It's not known when -- or if -- Kobe Bryant will join the Lakers' training camp. And that's just fine with Phil Jackson.

Sept. 24, 2003
Lawrence: Learning from Kobe's example
LeBron James and the NBA's rookie class is being taught how not to be the next Kobe Bryant.

Aug. 25, 2003
Is the Kobe case good for business? Maybe not
Is the Kobe Bryant case "great for business," as Mark Cuban says. Our poll results suggest it may not be.

Aug. 4, 2003
Kobe's 'favorite spread' cuts ties with accused
Nutella doesn't plan to renew its endorsement deal with Kobe Bryant.

Aug. 1, 2003
NBA hoping rookies avoid veterans' mistakes
Will NBA rookies learn from some of the league's legal woes? They'll be warned.
July 31, 2003
Fritz: Diamonds really are forever
The apology bar was raised after Kobe Bryant presented his wife with a $4 million diamond ring.
July 30, 2003
Fischer: Who's really on trial here?
Before you pass judgment on Kobe Bryant's accuser, ESPN.com's Kristen Fischer asks that you walk in the shoes of a 19-year-old woman.
July 24, 2003
Sponsors scale back Kobe's Web site presence
Days after he was charged with sexual assault, the corporations that pay Kobe Bryant to pitch their products have pulled his image from their Web sites.
July 23, 2003
Page 2: Information overload
Everything about Kobe Bryant's accuser/alleged victim is on the Internet. But who should you trust?
July 22, 2003
Aldridge: My case of mistaken identity
The Kobe Bryant I know wouldn't commit adultery. Then again, do I really know Kobe Bryant?
July 21, 2003
Ratto: Playing it by the book
Predictably, everything has been happening as expected in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case.
July 21, 2003
Jackson: Who's the victim here?
Why are we so quick to exonerate Kobe Bryant and so eager to discredit his accuser?
July 21, 2003
Rovell: Getting their money's worth
The companies Kobe Bryant endorses continue to receive unwanted publicity from his legal problems.
July 21, 2003
Neel: Paradise lost
Page 2's Eric Neel says we needed Kobe to embody our athletic ideal. Now, we need another to fill that void.
July 19, 2003
Sports columnists comment on Kobe
Columnists from throughout the country weigh in on the Kobe Bryant arrest.
July 18, 2003
Stein: Looking for answers about Kobe
The charge of sexual assault against Kobe Bryant raised several questions. Here are a few answers.
July 18, 2003
Short of a ringing endorsement
The companies whom Kobe represents prefer to seek neutral ground until his legal problem is resolved.
July 18, 2003
Sportoon: Newton's law of public opinion
Page 2 cartoonist Kurt Snibble has a quick physics lesson for Kobe Bryant.


Case Chronology
Oct. 8, 2003
Bryant returns to Colorado for the preliminary hearing.
Oct. 4, 2003
Bryant returned to the basketball court at practice, admittedly out of shape and scared about what lies ahead for his family.
Oct. 3, 2003
The prosecutor has asked for nearly $200,000 to handle expenses in the case, including hiring strangulation specialists and other expert witnesses.
Oct. 3, 2003
On 48 Hours, a friend of the accuser says she attempted suicide twice this year, but feels emotionally strong as the case proceeds.
Oct. 2, 2003
Bryant was not on the private plane that brought Lakers veterans to training camp. Team officials refused to be more specific than saying he was "under the weather."
Oct. 2, 2003
The accuser will not have to testify in the preliminary hearing.
Sept. 29, 2003
A judge orders Vail police to turn over records of 911 calls made from the home of the woman who accused Bryant.
Sept. 25, 2003
Bryant's accuser asked a judge to reject a defense request seeking records from a center for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Sept. 20, 2003
NBA Commissioner David Stern says that Kobe Bryant, despite the accusations, should continue to play for the Lakers.
Sept. 18-19, 2003
A Swiss bodybuilder will be charged with multiple felonies for allegedly offering to kill the alleged victim in exchange for $3 million.
Sept. 17, 2003
The name of Bryant's accuser was mistakenly posted on a state court Web site as part of a legal filing in the case.
Sept. 12, 2003
Bryant's defense attorneys asked a judge to close the preliminary hearing, saying the publicity would threaten Bryant's right to a fair trial.
Sept. 8, 2003
The judge says no still or video cameras will be allowed in his courtroom during the preliminary hearing.
Aug. 28, 2003
Prosecutors won't appeal a judge's order to release some of the sealed court records.
Aug. 26, 2003
A group of news organizations will appeal a judge's decision to withhold from the public most detailed court records in the case.
Aug. 21, 2003
The judge rules that the arrest warrant will be unsealed, but that the release of the arrest affidavit, search warrant and other material could jeopardize Bryant's rights.
Aug. 20, 2003
A Lakers spokesman says he expects Bryant to be at the team's training camp in Hawaii in early October.
Aug. 13, 2003
The Washington Post reports that a likely trial schedule could cost Bryant the playoffs or the Olympics.
Aug. 12, 2003
A white supremicist group leaves flyer around Eagle, Colo.
Aug. 6, 2003
Kobe goes to court:preliminary hearing set. Plus, a chat with an expert in anticipation of the hearing.
Aug. 5, 2003
Mavs' owner Mark Cuban says the Bryant scandal is 'great business for NBA'
Aug. 4, 2003
ESPN reports bellman saw woman leave Bryant's room with marks on face, neck.
Aug. 2, 2003
Bryant makes a public appearance at the Teen Choice Awards.
July 31, 2003
Judge rules that Bryant must appear at arraignment.
July 30, 2003
Sources divulge prosecution's plan for Kobe trial.
July 26, 2003
Judge's ruling will allow cameras at Bryant arraignment Aug. 6. Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it's probing threats made against the district attorney.
July 24, 2003
People Magazine reports Kobe Bryant bought wife $4-million, 8-carat pink diamond ring. Also, Bryant announces he won't play in an August Olympic qualifying tournament, but cites recent surgery as the reason.
July 23, 2003
Internet photos, reportedly of Bryant's accuser, turn out to be another girl.
July 20, 2003
Reports say Bryant's accuser overdosed on pills two months before the alleged incident.
July 18, 2003
Bryant charged with felony sexual assault. Bryant holds news conference with wife and defense team by his side.
July 17, 2003
Hurlbert says he'll announce decision on whether to file charges in July 18 news conference.
July 16, 2003
District attorney Mark Hurlbert says he's still evauating evidence.
July 16, 2003
Bryant and wife make appearance at ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
July 12, 2003
Bryant makes a statement of innocence to Los Angeles Times.
July 8, 2003
Colorado Bureau of Investigation receives physical evidence.
July 6, 2003
Bryant's arrest warrant is made public.
July 4, 2003
An arrest warrant issued for Bryant. Bryant returns to Colorado, turns himself in, posts $25,000 bond and is released.
July 3, 2003
On the day Bryant learned of pending arrest warrant, a 911 call from his home results in police and paramedics coming to house. They reportedly find an unnamed adult woman lying in bed. They determine no crime has been committed and leave.
July 2, 2003
Bryant submits DNA sample in Colorado. He also checks out of hotel and returns to his home in Newport Beach, Calif.
July 1, 2003
Bryant's accuser goes to police. She is examined by a nurse specializing in sexual assault cases.
June 30, 2003
Bryant checks into the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo. A short time later, he allegedly commits a sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman in his hotel room.