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Kobe Bryant has died. It's OK to talk about his rape case

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Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday was shocking, unexpected and sad. He was too young, too talented and too untouchable to be taken so soon. “I can’t believe this was where his life was headed all along,” I told my husband over the sound of news reports speculating about the cause of the helicopter crash that killed him and eight others.

Just hours after the news of his death broke, the world of music gathered inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Grammys. Alicia Keys, who was hosting the ceremony, called Staples — which is also the home venue for Bryant’s team, the Lakers — “the house that Kobe Bryant built”. The night was dominated by tributes to the NBA legend: from Keys herself, from Boyz II Men, from rapper Lil Nas X, and from countless others. Bryant’s legacy was celebrated, rightly so. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna, a rising basketball star who also died in the helicopter crash, was also in everyone’s thoughts and tributes.

On social media, while tributes kept pouring in, some took time to acknowledge another aspect of Bryant’s life. In 2003, the athlete was charged with felony sexual assault after a 19-year-old women accused him of raping her at a hotel in Colorado. The case was dismissed........

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