Drug description called "misleading’
December 18, 2003
Assertions that Kobe Bryant’s alleged victim is taking a prescribed “anti-psychotic” drug are misleading, said the prosecutor’s spokeswoman.
“That description is misleading,” said District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Krista Flannigan.
Sources told the Daily the prescription was for a sleeping aid, and was taken in low doses.
In a motion filed Monday, Bryant’s attorney Pamela Mackey asked that Bryant’s alleged victim’s medical records be admitted as evidence, including prescribed medication that Mackey described as an “anti-psychotic drug.”
Flannigan said she is prohibited by the judge’s gag order from discussing what the prescribed medication is, or why the alleged victim was taking it.
Mackey’s motion was one of 15 filed by both sides Monday, the last day for attorneys to file actions to be considered in today’s hearing.
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In Monday’s motion, Mackey said the alleged victim’s drug overdoses, which she described as “purported suicide attempts,” were part of a pattern of what Mackey called “extreme attention-seeking behavior.”
Mackey’s motions asked that almost all of District Attorney Mark Hurlbert’s evidence be thrown out, saying it was improperly obtained. She asked that District Judge Terry Ruckriegle not apply Colorado’s rape shield law in this case, and told the Colorado Attorney General’s Office that they intend to try to have the law struck down as unconstitutional.
Bryant is charged with one count of felony sexual assault for allegedly raping the 19-year-old Eagle woman in his hotel suite at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. He has said the sex was consensual.
Bryant is required to attend today’s hearing. The proceedings begin at 9 a.m. and are expected to run all day. While Bryant is in court in Eagle County, his Los Angeles Lakers teammates will be Los Angeles for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Denver Nuggets.