Key events in the Kobe Bryant case
June 30, 2003: Bryant flies to Eagle, Colo., to undergo knee surgery in nearby Vail. Bryant checks in at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards. A 19-year-old woman working as the front desk clerk accompanies Bryant on a tour. She later goes to Bryant's hotel room, where she says he rapes her.
July 1: Bryant undergoes knee surgery. Bryant's accuser reports the alleged sexual assault to the Eagle County Sheriff's Department. Late at night, Eagle County sheriff's investigators interview Bryant and collect evidence from his room.
July 7: Dist. Atty. Mark Hurlbert says: "It's possible [Bryant] could be charged with sexual assault, it's possible he could not be charged with anything. It's possible he could be charged with something else."
July 18: Bryant is charged with one count of felony sexual assault. Bryant, flanked by his wife and attorneys, holds a news conference at Staples Center. He admits committing adultery but says "I'm innocent" of assault.
May 11, 2004: Bryant enters a plea of not guilty in criminal case.
June 24: A court reporter mistakenly e-mails transcripts of a closed-door hearing to seven news organizations, including The Times. In the transcripts, a DNA expert details evidence bolstering a defense contention that Bryant's accuser had sex with someone else soon after the alleged rape.
Aug. 10: Accuser files civil suit against Bryant, seeking unspecified damages.
Sept. 1: Prosecutors say they will drop the criminal case. In a statement, Hurlbert says: "The victim has informed us ... that she does not want to proceed with this trial. For this reason, and this reason only, the case is being dismissed."
Nov. 17: First hearing in civil lawsuit. Attorneys indicate they have discussed the possibility of reaching a settlement.
Jan. 9, 2005: Lin Wood, the accuser's attorney, says woman decided against filing a parallel suit in California.
Feb. 2: U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch orders both sides to stop leaking "scandalous" information in public filings and expresses hope for a summer trial.
March 2: A settlement in the case is announced but no terms are disclosed.
Source: Times reports, Associated Press
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