January 29, 2004 -- LOS ANGELES
- An Oregon hotel worker reportedly has told Colorado authorities
she had a fling with Kobe Bryant, feeding a prosecution theory that
the embattled hoops star trolls hotels for sex.
The Portland woman met Bryant last April, and he asked her to
deliver food to his room - where they had a consensual sexual
encounter that stopped just short of intercourse, said the TV show
"Celebrity Justice," citing unidentified sources.
But even if prosecutors can show Bryant is a habitual cheat, the
woman could just as easily help him - because she says he was "a
perfect gentleman" when she said no to intercourse.
Los Angeles defense lawyer
Ronald Richards said such a witness might produce a zero gain for
prosecutors and defense lawyers.
"I don't even know if the
defense will be able to get this in - a prior act of good conduct,"
New York defense lawyer and former prosecutor Paul Callan said
neither side would probably be able to call the woman.
"If he [Bryant] had a unique pattern, a unique m.o., yes. But as
far as garden-variety picking up babes in a hotel, I don't think
either sides gets it in," he said.
Bryant is accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in Eagle
County, Colo., last summer.
David K. Li