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Film Festival Jury Bars Kobe Bryant for Old Rape Claims

2018-10-18 23:11
NBA star Kobe Bryant has been disinvited from an animation film festival jury. Bryant was invited for winning an Oscar in 2017 for his short animated film “Dear Basketball.” His invitation was rescinded because of a petition bringing up Bryant’s 2003 rape accusation. Bryant’s accuser declined to press charges. The related civil suit was settled out of court. Event producer Eric Beckman, CEO of GKIDS, said they did not want the focus taken off the films.