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Was It Inappropriate To Mention Charges Against Kobe Bryant?

Jeff Katz
January 29, 2020 - 2:13 pm

Actress Evan Rachel Wood faced serious backlash on social media on Monday after she called Kobe Bryant a "rapist" just hours after it was announced the NBA superstar had died in a helicopter crash.

Wood tweeted Sunday hours after Bryant's death, "What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe’s family. He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously."

The star of Westworld was referring to the rape accusation levied against Bryant 17 years ago.

In 2003, the Lakers star was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel employee who claimed Bryant sexually assaulted her at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. Ultimately, there was no prosecution and the case was dropped when police found another man's DNA on the victim's underwear. The two sides eventually settled for an undisclosed amount in 2005.

Wood was blasted by social media users who were appalled at her bringing up such a thing while the world grieved for Bryant. The backlash was so heavy that Wood eventually set her Twitter account to "protected."