Day-by-day look at the case

A chronology of events in the investigation of sexual assault
allegations against Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant:


  • June 30: Bryant arrives at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera near
    Edwards, Colo., the day before knee surgery at Steadman Hawkins
    Clinic in Vail.

  • July 1: A 19-year-old front desk employee tells Eagle County
    Sheriff's Department that Bryant sexually assaulted her. Bryant
    undergoes surgery.

  • July 2: The woman and Bryant are taken separately to a hospital
    for examinations.

  • July 4: Sheriff Joe Hoy issues an arrest warrant for Bryant,
    who has since returned to California. Bryant flies back to Eagle
    County, surrenders and is released after posting $25,000 bond.

  • July 6: Bryant's arrest is made public. Hoy refuses to release
    booking photo.

  • July 18: District Attorney Mark Hurlbert files single count of
    felony sexual assault. Bryant says he committed adultery but is
    innocent of assault.

  • Aug. 6: Bryant makes initial court appearance.

  • Oct. 2: Judge says the woman does not have to testify at
    preliminary hearing and denies defense requests to see her medical

  • Oct. 9: Preliminary hearing begins, ends Oct. 15.

  • Oct. 20: Judge rules Bryant must stand trial.

  • Nov. 13: Bryant makes first appearance before trial judge, puts
    off formal plea.


  • Jan. 23: Iowa man John Roche pleads guilty to making
    telephone death threat against Bryant's accuser. He is later
    sentenced to four months in prison.

  • Jan. 29: NBA fans select Bryant as All-Star Game starter.

  • Feb. 2: Citing illness, Bryant skips first day of two-day
    evidentiary hearing.

  • March 1-2: Defense attorneys say accuser had sex with someone
    else less than 15 hours after her alleged assault. Her attorney
    denies the claim.

  • March 24: The accuser faces Bryant for first time since
    incident, testifies for three hours behind closed doors about her
    sexual history. Defense says details may prove she was injured
    during sex with someone else the week of the incident.

  • March 25: Bryant's accuser asks judge to set trial date. In
    letter, her mother says she fears for daughter's safety because of
    death threats.

  • May 10: Accuser makes surprise appearance to watch pretrial

  • May 11: Bryant pleads not guilty.

  • May 27: The judge orders AT&T Wireless Communications Inc. to
    turn over records of cell-phone text messages sent between the
    accuser, a former boyfriend and another unidentified person within
    hours of the alleged attack.

  • June 1: The judge prohibits use of term "victim" at trial,
    agreeing with defense arguments that the term implies guilt.

  • June 10: The judge rejects a defense bid to overturn the
    state's rape shield law. He later rejects defense request to
    instruct jurors that investigators failed to gather evidence that
    could have suggested Bryant is innocent.

  • June 25: Judge schedules jury selection to begin Aug. 27; court
    reporter accidentally releases transcripts of closed-door hearing
    to news organizations and judge issues order threatening contempt
    of court for any that publish the details. Court fight ensues.

  • June 30: DA Hurlbert announces he will not take a lead role for
    the prosecution during the trial, citing responsibility to oversee
    other cases.

  • July 8: Attorney for accuser hires Lin Wood, a libel
    attorney who has defended the parents of slain 6-year-old Jon Benet

  • July 9: Swiss Patrick Graber, accused of offering to kill
    accuser for $3 million, sentenced to three years in prison after
    pleading guilty to reduced charges.

  • July 13: Accuser's attorney asks judge to halt Internet posting
    of court filings. Request is later denied.

  • July 14: Judge rules prosecutors can use certain evidence
    collected from Bryant, including his statements to investigators
    and bloodstained T-shirt. Bars evidence collected from Bryant at
    hospital because investigators botched court orders.

  • July 16: Jury summonses sent to 999 Eagle County residents.

  • July 23: Judge says information about the accuser's sexual
    activities in the three days before her hospital exam can be
    admitted as evidence.

  • Aug. 2: After losing First Amendment fight with media, judge
    releases closed-door hearing transcripts in which a defense expert
    says she believes accuser had sex with someone else after her
    encounter with Bryant and before her hospital exam. Defense also
    says accuser has received nearly $20,000 from state victims'
    compensation fund.

  • Aug. 10: Accuser files civil lawsuit against Bryant in federal
    court, seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering, "public
    scorn, hatred and ridicule." Prosecution files motion to delay
    case indefinitely.

  • Aug. 11: Prosecution files sealed appeal with Colorado Supreme
    Court asking for review of ruling allowing use of information about
    the accuser's sexual activities.

  • Aug. 13: Judge denies prosecutors' request to delay trial
    indefinitely, but grants their motion to limit evidence and
    testimony about the accuser's mental health and any drug and
    alcohol use.

  • Aug. 16: Colorado Supreme Court refuses to consider
    prosecution's appeal on ruling allowing use of information about
    the accuser's sexual conduct.

  • Aug. 24: Judge sharply limits media camera coverage of trial.

  • Aug. 27: Jury selection begins.