Originally created 09/26/03

Accuser says Bryant defense not entitled to crisis center records



DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's accuser asked a judge Thursday to reject a defense request for records from a rape crisis center.

The basketball star's attorneys issued a subpoena Sept. 5 to the Resource Center of Eagle County, which runs a hot line, counsels victims and provides shelter. The defense asked for notes from any employee interview related to the Bryant rape case, along with training materials.

Attorneys for the accuser and the center asked Judge Frederick Gannett to quash the subpoena, saying such records are confidential under state law.

Bryant is accused of raping the woman June 30 at the Colorado mountain resort where she worked. The Los Angeles Lakers star has said the two had consensual sex.

His lawyers are also seeking the woman's medical records from several hospitals and a clinic at the University of Northern Colorado, where she was a student.