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"No one will believe you’

After Bryant allegedly raped a 19-year-old Eagle woman by bending her over a chair in room 35 of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, he ordered her to the bathroom in the hotel suite to clean herself up, according to prosecutors.

While Bryant’s alleged victim was in the bathroom, she reported that he blocked the door and repeatedly told her, “No one will believe you over me. Now straighten your outfit and your hair,” sources said.

As Bryant’s alleged victim was leaving the suite to go back to her job at the hotel’s front desk, she alleged that he said again, “Remember, no one will believe you over me.”

During testimony last Thursday during Bryant’s preliminary hearing before Eagle County Court Judge Fred Gannett, Eagle County Sheriff’s Detective said that according to his interviews with the alleged victim, Bryant repeatedly asked the woman not to tell anyone about the incident.

It also comes on the heels of a two-word statement from the alleged victim’s attorney, John Clune, in response to a suggestion by Bryant’s defense attorney Pamela Mackey that her vaginal injuries were caused not by Bryant but from sex with three men on three consecutive days.

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“Absolutely untrue,” said Clune.

The assertion followed Mackey blurting out the alleged victim’s name six times in open court while she was cross examining Winters. The judge had ordered that the woman’s true name not be used.

The suggestion, framed in a question about whether the injuries could be caused by sex with three men in three days, brought Thursday’s preliminary hearing to a screeching halt as Gannett called attorneys for both sides into a private conference.

He and the attorneys emerged more than an hour later, and Gannett announced the preliminary hearing would be continued until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Gannett also announced that prosecutors had requested part of the preliminary hearing be closed. Bryant’s attorneys had formally requested that the entire preliminary hearing be closed to the press and the public. They renewed that request twice during Thursday’s proceedings, Gannett said.

Mackey’s question followed more than two hours of testimony from Winters in which he laid out the evidence, the foundation upon which District Attorney Mark Hurlbert made his decision to charge Bryant with one count of felony sexual assault. If convicted, Bryant faces up to life in prison.

That evidence includes photographs of vaginal lacerations from Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who examined Bryant’s alleged victim. Sheriff’s investigators also said a T-shirt Bryant handed over for evidence was stained with the alleged victim’s blood.

According to Winters’ testimony, Bryant’s alleged victim told Bryant “no” twice, that he both his hands on her neck when she started to back away and guided her over to some chairs.

Winters said the alleged victim reported that Bryant bent her over a chair, pulled up her dress, pulled down her underwear and had sexual intercourse with her. She said cried during the incident and that Bryant finally stopped when she reached up and moved his hands from around her neck, the detective testified Thursday.

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