Report: Kobe at hospital night of alleged assault

Report: Kobe at hospital night of alleged assault

Postby murcielago62 on Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:19 am

Vail cabbie says Bryant was with entourage, police


CORDILLERA, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant left a Colorado hospital approximately 12 hours after the time frame in which he is accused of committing sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday.

Terry O'Brien, a 38-year-old Vail Taxi dispatcher and driver, told the Register that he picked up the Lakers star from the emergency room at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. According to the newspaper, Bryant was with three members of his entourage and flanked by Eagle County sheriff's officers.

Bryant pulled a towel over his head before diving into the back seat of the cab, O'Brien told the newspaper.

Eagle County sheriff's officials could not be reached by the Register to comment on why Bryant was at the hospital with police. Bryant had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail a day earlier.

O'Brien said he transported Bryant and three men to the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, then drove one of the men back to the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, where the man "cleared out" Bryant's belongings. O'Brien said he was paid $372 by Bryant bodyguard Michael Ortiz for the 2½-hour job. The Register did not specify how O'Brien knew Ortiz's identity.

"The whole thing was pretty weird and pretty fishy," O'Brien told the Register. "Bryant was laying in the back seat with a towel over his head, trying not to be seen, while three men were taking care of all the details."

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Tuesday he hoped to have a decision whether to file charges against Bryant by the end of this week.

"I felt confident from the first time I talked to my investigators," Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said. "I felt we did the right thing."

Hoy confirmed that the allegations against Bryant were made by a 19-year-old Colorado woman who works at the resort. Hoy said the woman has left on vacation with her family.

Hoy also said investigators have sent unspecified evidence to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. A bureau official said that the work has begun.

On Tuesday, Hoy said the alleged victim would return home from a family vacation to "mind-boggling" media attention.

Hoy said he was concerned about the pressure on the woman and frustrated that there was more attention on Bryant than on her.

"To me, the sad part is, if this hadn't been who it involved, this wouldn't even be a blip on anyone's radar screen," he said. "Puard Michael Ortiz for the 2½-hour job. The Register did not specify how O'Brien knew Ortiz's identity.

"The whole thing was pretty weird and pretty fishy," O'Brien told the Register. "Bryant was laying in the back seat with a towel over his head, trying not to be seen, while three men were taking care of all the details."

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Tuesday he hoped to have a decision whether to file charges against Bryant by the end of this week.

"I felt confident from the first time I talked to my investigators," Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said. "I felt we did the right thing."

Hoy confirmed that the allegations against Bryant were made by a 19-year-old Colorado woman who works at the resort. Hoy said the woman has left on vacation with her family.

Hoy also said investigators have sent unspecified evidence to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. A bureau official said that the work has begun.

On Tuesday, Hoy said the alleged victim would return home from a family vacation to "mind-boggling" media attention.

Hoy said he was concerned about the pressure on the woman and frustrated that there was more attention on Bryant than on her.

"To me, the sad part is, if this hadn't been who it involved, this wouldn't even be a blip on anyone's radar screen," he said. "Personally, I think they're focusing on our suspect rather than on the victim."

Prosecutors Monday said they needed more time before deciding whether to bring charges against Bryant, 24.

"Sexual assault cases are extremely complex and sometimes it takes awhile to get through everything," Hurlbert said Monday.

He refused to discuss details of the allegations against Bryant, a five-time NBA All-Star. Hurlbert said the alleged victim was "doing OK, considering the circumstances."

Under Colorado law, sexual assault could range from fondling to rape.


Bryant's lawyer said Monday that Bryant "expects to be completely exonerated" and accused the sheriff's office of rushing the case.

Bryant turned himself in to authorities Friday, the sheriff's office said. The married father of a baby girl was released that day after posting $25,000 bond.

Officials at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, a gated resort in Edwards, said Bryant stayed there June 30-July 2.
"Sitting in the house, I'm loadin' up the pump. I'm loadin' up the Uzi. I got a couple M-16s, a couple 9s. I got a couple joints with some silencers on them. I'm just loading clips, a couple grenades. I got a missile launcher with a couple of missiles. I'm ready for war." - Kevin Garnett
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Postby NawlinsLakerFan on Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:44 am

Weird..... :man4:
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Postby Lakerqueen on Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:09 pm

Yea, this can driver's story really seems kinda fishy. Why wouldn't Kobe have had his own 3 guys drive him around in a private car just so he could have more privacy? I think this guy is making some stuff up.... no phone number?? Hmmm... didn't come to work? Ok.... Anyway, if this guy's story is true, and Kobe was at the hospital that night, then this would just about clear everything up.
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