Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Bryant's Accuser Files Civil Lawsuit

What a surprise ...

DENVER - The 20-year-old woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape filed a federal lawsuit against the NBA star Tuesday, seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and “public scorn, hatred and ridicule” she has suffered as a result of the alleged attack.

The attorneys asked for a jury trial and compensatory damages of at least $75,000, with punitive damages to be determined later. The woman was identified only as Jane Doe.

The filing backed up a threat the woman’s attorneys made a week ago. A criminal case requires a higher standard of proof to convict — beyond a reasonable doubt — and punishment can involve prison time. A civil case has a lower standard of proof — a preponderance of evidence — and punishment is usually a monetary award.

Prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said the civil lawsuit changes nothing for the criminal trial.

“We are still moving forward,” she said. She declined to comment when asked whether the civil case could complicate the effort to win a conviction.
The cheek of this woman - how dare she talk about "pain, suffering and public scorn" when it's Kobe Bryant's name that's out in the public arena and not her own? Is it really too much to ask that she at least wait for the criminal trial to return a verdict before proceeding to the shakedown stage?

The more I learn about this case, the more certain I feel that Kobe Bryant was guilty of nothing except being foolish enough to get involved with a groupie who saw in him her chance to hit the jackpot.