Hours after an Austin, Texas artist unveiled a mural honoring the late Kobe Bryant, the artwork was defaced with the word “rapist.”
The defacing was captured by an Austinite on Twitter (@0Rashad).
Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old woman working as a front desk clerk in Colorado. Bryant was 24 years old at the time of the accusation and the case was ultimately dropped by prosecutors in Sept. 2004 after the accuser decided she would not testify.
According to the LA Times, a medical examination eventually became problematic for the accuser because DNA evidence suggested she had sex with someone else in the 15 hours after the alleged rape and before the exam, a claim denied by prosecutors.
A civil suit was later settled out of court in March 2005.
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