The Kobe Bryant sexual assault case
began in the summer of 2003 when the news media reported that the sheriff's office in Eagle, Colorado
had arrested NBA superstar Kobe Bryant
in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault
complaint filed by 19-year-old hotel employee Katelyn Faber. Bryant had checked into The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, a hotel in Eagle County, Colorado
, on June 30 in advance of having surgery near there on July 2 under Dr. Richard Steadman
. Faber accused Bryant of raping
her in his hotel room on July 1, the night before the surgery. Bryant admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied the assault allegation. The case was dropped after Faber refused to testify in the case. A separate civil suit was later filed against Bryant by Faber. This was settled out of court and included Bryant's publicly apologizing to Faber, though admitting no guilt on his part.
Eagle County Sheriff investigators first confronted Bryant with the sexual assault accusation on July 2. During the July 2003 interview with investigators, Bryant stated that the sex was consensual.
Law enforcement officials collected evidence from Bryant and he agreed to submit to a rape test kit and a voluntary lie detector test. On July 4, Sheriff Joe Hoy issued an arrest warrant for Bryant. Bryant flew from Los Angeles back to Eagle, Colorado to surrender to police. He was immediately released on $25,000 bond
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