Media asks for additional camera coverage of Bryant hearing

Updated: August 11, 2003, 8:53 PM ET

EAGLE, Colo. -- The Denver Post and NBC have asked a judge to allow still and video cameras in the courthouse hallway during Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing on Oct. 9.

The organizations noted that similar coverage was allowed during Bryant's initial appearance last week before Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett. The motion was filed Friday and made public Monday.

The two companies and other media organizations already have asked Gannett to allow cameras in the courtroom during the hearing in the sexual assault case.

Gannett has given prosecutors and Bryant's attorneys until Aug. 22 to respond to that request.

Several television networks broadcast Wednesday's initial court appearance live. Media groups are renewing their requests for coverage as the case moves through the court system.

Bryant, an All-star guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel worker in nearby Edwards. Bryant has said the sex was consensual. He is free on $25,000 bail.

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