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No Assault Charges Against Kobe Bryant in San Diego Church Case

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SAN DIEGO (KTLA) -- Prosecutors say they will not file charges in an alleged assault involving Lakers star Kobe Bryant and another man at a church.

It happened at St. Therese of Carmel in Carmel Valley in August, according to police.

Investigators say a man, identified as Thomas Hagos, claims Bryant grabbed his cellphone after the basketball legend thought the man was taking pictures of him and his wife, Vanessa.

Hagos, 21, says he hurt his wrist trying to hold onto the cellphone. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

Detectives say there were no pictures of Bryant or his wife on the phone.

On Tuesday, prosecutors released the following statement, "As prosecutors we cannot ethically file a criminal case when we lack sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," said a spokeswoman for City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. "Based upon our extensive investigation and interview of independent witnesses, we've concluded that charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

Bryant's attorney Mark Campbell released a statement at the time saying the Laker is "aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him, and is prepared to defend against them fully."

 

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