Kobe and Vanessa's statements
Statement from Kobe Bryant:
"I am innocent of the charges filed today. I did not assault the woman who is accusing me.
"I made the mistake of adultery. I have to answer to my wife and my God for my actions that night and I pray that both will forgive me.
"Nothing that happened June 30th was against the will of the woman who now falsely accuses me.
"These false allegations have hurt my family. I will fight against these allegations with all my strength. My wife is the strongest person I know. She is willing to stand by me despite my mistake. That means everything to me.
"I have so much to live for. And by that I do not mean the contracts, or the money, or the fame. I mean my family. I will fight for them.
"I appreciate all those who have supported me. Thank you for believing in me. My family and I are going to need your support and prayers now more than ever."
Statement from Vanessa Bryant:
"I know that my husband has made a mistake -- the mistake of adultery. He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so. He is not a criminal.
"I know that he did not commit a crime, he did not assault anyone. He is a loving and kind husband and father. I believe in his innocence.
"Because I know him to be innocent, I will stand by him and we will face this together. I will give him all the strength and support he needs to face these false accusations. I will not let him face these accusations alone.
"I know Kobe better than anyone. The great person you see on the court and in the public is a far greater person off the court."
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