City Won't Charge Kobe Bryant With Assault - NBC 7 San Diego

City Won't Charge Kobe Bryant With Assault

City attorney's office say there's not enough evidence to file charges against the Lakers star



    City Won't Charge Kobe Bryant With Assault
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    Lakers star Kobe Bryant dodged an assault charge, according to the San Diego City Attorney's office.

    The office said they won't be filing charges against Bryant for an alleged assault against a member of a church in Carmel Valley. The parishioner claims that Bryant ripped a cell phone out of his hand, injuring his wrist.

    Officers said Bryant was reportedly angered when the man tried to take a picture of him with his phone.

    Police eventually handed the case over to the city.

    On Tuesday, the office responded to an inquirey on the status of the case. A spokesperson said prosecutors "cannot ethically file a criminal case when they lack sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt."

    "Based upon our extensive investigation and interview of independent witnesses, we’ve concluded that charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," said Communications Director Gina Coburn with the City Attorney's Office.

    At the time of the incident, Bryant’s lawyer said he was prepared to defend against the man who allegedly took his picture in church. Calls and emails requesting an updated statement were not immediately returned.

    The church had no comment on the case.