The legendary NBA player made headlines in July 2003 when he was arrested on charges of sexual assault in Colorado.
A 19-year-old hotel employee accused Kobe of raping her in his hotel room at the hotel lodge and spa at Cordillera in Edwards.
The complainant said, after giving Bryant a tour of the hotel, she consented to go to his room that’s where he began to grope her and forced himself on her.
Afterward, Bryant warned her not to tell anybody so that nobody is going to know about the incident.
At that time Bryant was married with a 5 months old daughter.
After being charged Bryant said “l didn’t force her to do anything against her will. I am innocent. I sit here in front of you furious at myself for making a mistake of adultery” he said.
Prosecutors dropped the charges which could have sent Bryant to prison for life.
Bryant was dropped from the jury of the Animation is film festival over the allegations.
As tribute poured for the All-Star after his death, some recalled the allegations.
“I am heartbroken for Kobe’s family. He was a sports hero and also a rapist,” tweeted actress Evan Rachel.