"Abundance’ of evidence exists, source insists
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was in the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera less than an hour when he allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old hotel worker, a source close to the case said Monday.There was no disturbance reported by other guests, security was not called, and the young woman was not in “hysterics” as widely reported, though she was visibly upset, this source said. The source said the woman knows she’s in for a rough ride if charges are filed, but has the character to handle the hardships to come.And while District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Monday that the physical evidence and its analysis had not yet returned from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the source said “an abundance” of physical evidence exists – although they declined to elaborate. Hurlbert has declined to comment on any part of the investigation.Bryant and his attorneys have repeatedly claimed his innocence and said an “unbiased” investigation would exonerate him.The timetableBryant and three bodyguards checked into the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera between 10:10 and 10:40 p.m. June 30, the source said. That fits with employees at the Lodge at Vail, who said Bryant’s group stopped at their hotel in Vail Village between 9 and 9:30 that night.The source said the shift of Lodge at Cordillera workers on duty at that time clocked out at 11:10 p.m. They also said the alleged victim was home by 11:50 p.m. June 30.According to witness accounts and published reports, Bryant or one of his bodyguards summoned the woman to the room. Accounts vary widely, and wildly, as to why.About 20 minutes later the woman returned to the lobby from the room, visibly upset – not two hours later, as some reports have indicated, this source insisted.”The woman was not hysterical, but she was in shock and disbelief that this could have happened to her,” the source said. “She eventually fell into something of a stupor as the reality of the situation set in.”There was no word on when authorities were notified, or when the alleged victim was tested for sexual assault evidence. Bryant was tested the next night, after knee surgery that day, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.”Every test that could be done was worth it,” the source said, again declining to elaborate.The source also said that reports of disturbances by Bryant and his entourage are false. No guests on that floor complained, because there were no other guests on that floor that night, they said. Security was not called, they said.Bryant was scheduled to have knee surgery July 1 at Vail’s Steadman Hawkins Clinic. The source said that although the appointment was “not early,” but Bryant was still late for it. The exact time of his appointment was not available, and Steadman Hawkins declined to provide it.Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy issued a warrant for Bryant’s arrest for felony sexual assault on Friday, July 4. Bryant, who had returned to California, flew back to Eagle County that day, turned himself in at the Eagle County jail and posted $25,000 bond. He was gone in less than hour.Hurlbert is still determining what charges, if any, to file against Bryant. His decision is expected this week.