Report: Kobe Bryant to Settle Sex Case

The civil lawsuit against Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant filed by the woman who accused him of sexual assault is on the verge of being settled, with the plaintiff dropping her charges, ABC News reports.

Lawyers for both sides had no immediate comment on the report, which said a final settlement could be reached as early as the end of this week, according to Reuters and the Los Angeles Times. Last Friday, Bryant, 26, was due in Denver Federal District Court to give a deposition, but the session was canceled amid speculation that the case was near settlement.

Kobe's Accuser Now Married and Pregnant

There was a big surprise at the civil sexual assault case against basketball star Kobe Bryant in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday: His accuser unexpectedly showed up – pregnant and married.

The blonde, 20-year-old was visibly pregnant and was escorted into the courtroom by her husband, according to the Rocky Mountain News and the New York Post.

The accuser reportedly declined to speak with journalists outside the courtroom, while, inside, her husband was described as looking nervous, reports the Post.

Kobe's Lawyers Want His Sex Life Kept Mum

Basketball star Kobe Bryant’s lawyers, who snooped into the private life of the Colorado woman who accused the athlete of sexually assaulting her, asked a judge on Monday to prevent her attorneys from doing the same thing to the Los Angeles Lakers star.

“Plaintiff’s counsel has indicated that he intends to depose Mr. Bryant on sexual matters having no possible relevance to the claims and defenses in this action,” Bryant’s attorneys said in a court filing, Reuters reports.

Cops: Kobe Considered Paying Hush Money

Citing the example of another unnamed NBA player, Kobe Bryant suggested to Colorado authorities that he would try to pay off his 19-year-old accuser, according to a sealed police document obtained by Sports Illustrated.

Bryant’s sealed statement, which police recorded before his arrest in July 2003, had the L.A. Lakers superstar initially denying that a sexual encounter occurred with the woman. But Bryant then admitted to it and graphically described the physical acts between them. He also said he would pay her to drop the accusation, because “I’m in the worst f—— situation.”

WEEK IN REVIEW: Kobe Criminal Case Closed

KOBE DISMISSED: In a stunning development Wednesday, Colorado prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges against Kobe Bryant after the young woman who made the accusations said she could not go on with the criminal case. Her civil suit against the Los Angeles Lakers superstar will proceed as planned, however. Neither Bryant, 26, nor his 20-year-old accuser (a concierge who claimed Bryant raped her after she entered his Vail hotel room on June 30, 2003) were in the courtroom at the time of Judge Terry Ruckriegle’s announcement.

Sound Off: The Kobe Bryant Trial

Rape charges against NBA star Kobe Bryant, 26, were dismissed Wednesday after the 20-year-old Colorado woman who made the accusation said she couldn’t go on with the criminal case. (Her civil suit against Bryant will proceed as planned, however.) The Laker star later released a statement: “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way that I did.”

Tell us what you think about Bryant, his accuser and the future of the civil trial.

It's Over: Kobe Criminal Case Dismissed

In a stunning development Wednesday, Colorado prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges against Kobe Bryant after the young woman who made the accusations said she could not go on with the criminal case.

Her civil suit against the Los Angeles Lakers superstar will proceed as planned, however.

“This case is dismissed,” District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said in an Eagle, Colorado, courtroom, bringing a stunning and abrupt halt to one of the most closely watched criminal cases in the country.

Kobe Bryant Jury Selection Begins

Some 500 candidates arrived at the Eagle County Courthouse in Eagle, Colo., Friday to begin the selection process for Kobe Bryant’s rape trial.

Potential jurors in the case are being asked to fill out a questionnaire with 82 items compiled by the defense and prosecution during the past several weeks, the Associated Press reports. Deciding which questions to ask would-be panelists required a great deal of consideration, one trial consultant said.

Judge Prohibits TV Coverage of Kobe Trial

With the trial set to begin Friday, the judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case has ordered TV coverage limited to closing arguments only, citing the potential for intimidation and reluctance on the part of witnesses in the high-profile case.

Court TV had sought to broadcast the entire trial, but Eagle County, Colo., Judge Terry Ruckriegle decided cameras in the courtroom could detract from the dignity of the proceedings during witness testimony and cited threats that have been received by Bryant, his accuser and the district attorney.

WEEK AHEAD: Kobe Bryant Trial Begins

Will the trial go on? While questions about the prosecution’s case linger, Kobe Bryant is due back in court, as PEOPLE looks at that and other big events in the coming week:

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