DENVER -- The woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape attempted suicide twice this year, but feels emotionally strong as the case against the NBA star proceeds, a friend said.
In an interview to be aired Saturday on CBS's "48 Hours
Investigates," Johnray Strickland confirmed the 19-year-old woman
attempted suicide twice this year.
"I think we have all moved on from that and that was a dark
time," he said.
"She is a completely stable person," he said. "These things
had happened to her but she has been through so much and she is
continuing to go through so much."
Strickland said the woman asked him to tell part of her story. And he is not bound by a judge's gag order that silences people
directly involved in the case.
"She just wanted somebody to come out and really stand up for
her," he said.
Strickland, 19, met the woman while the two attended the
University of Northern Colorado in Greeley early this year. He has
returned to school; she has not. He said they dated for a time and
remain close friends.
He said she is scared of Bryant and would like to see him jailed.
Bryant, 25, is charged with sexually assaulting the woman June 30
in his suite at a mountain resort where she worked. The Los Angeles
Lakers guard has said the two had consensual sex. Free on $25,000
bond, the Lakers star is scheduled to appear Thursday
in Eagle for a preliminary hearing to determine whether he will