Since his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Kobe Bryant has been extolled as an otherworldly basketball player, an attentive father, and a champion of female athletes. The case was dropped before trial when the accuser declined to testify. She later filed a lawsuit against Bryant, which ended in an undisclosed settlement. They likened the dynamic to the anguish generated by the U. Senate hearing that examined sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh in September before he joined the U. Supreme Court.
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In the wake of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people, there has been an incredible amount of tension in the public sphere over how to talk about the rape he was accused of committing in This came to a head when Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez , who has been public with her own story of being a victim of sexual assault, tweeted out, without comment, a Daily Beast story from that laid out the disturbing history of the case. As a result of the post, she was drowned in misogynist harassment, which she publicly lamented. Rather than shield a reporter, the Washington Post blamed the victim and suspended Sonmez. She has since been reinstated.
When Shirley Alvarado del Aguila got to work on Jan. She works for an organization that serves rape and domestic violence survivors, and she was angry that people who brought the subject up were being attacked online. So she deactivated her social media accounts. She also worried about the woman who said Bryant had assaulted her nearly 17 years earlier — what she was thinking, how she was holding up. The NBA star denied the rape allegation, saying the sex had been consensual — although he understood the woman felt differently. Felony charges were filed, only to be dropped after the woman declined to testify. Through the years, and in the wake of his death, his ardent fans have chosen to focus on his achievements on and off the court.
Even as Kobe Bryant moved beyond his career in the N. Bryant — among nine people, including his year-old daughter, Gianna , who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles — was charged with sexually assaulting a year-old woman in But as in the vast majority of cases involving accusations of sexual violence, there was no clear resolution. There was no verdict.