Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane with their Best Animated Short Film Award for "Dear Basketball" at the 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 5, 2018. Bryant was arrested in 2003 after a 19-year-old accused him of rape, an encounter he described as consensual.
Kobe Bryant is now an Oscar victor. A year after the accusation, prosecutors dropped the charges because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.
"The woman, who was a desk clerk at the hotel, said she and Bryant kissed and flirted before he assaulted her".
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In a sardonic reference to an attack by Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham against basketballers expressing their political opinions, he said he thought National Basketball Association stars were "really supposed to shut up and dribble".
The "shut up and dribble" comment is in reference to Fox News' Laura Ingraham, who chastised National Basketball Association star LeBron James for saying that he believes President Trump doesn't "give a f*ck about the people".
The former Los Angeles Lakers star arrived in the backstage press room to a near standing ovation and was swamped with the most questions of the evening so far, the AP reported. "I swear I do".
Bryant attended the Oscars with his wife Vanessa.
Bryant said he heard dismissive comments like "That's cute" when he told people he wanted to become a storyteller in retirement. He spoke a few words of Italian - a language he learned as a child growing up in Italy - and closed by telling them, "You are my inspiration".