Motion to Dismiss Prosecution, Defense Agree to Drop Charge Against Kobe Bryant By Bill Redeker and Ellen Davis E A G L E, Colo., Sept. 1, 2004 — A motion to dismiss the sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant will be filed by prosecutors this afternoon, according to sources familiar with the case. The motion will say that both the alleged victim and Bryant agree to have the case dropped. Prosecutors will ask that it be dismissed with prejudice, meaning that the charges can never be brought again. Opening statements in the case were expected to begin Tuesday, with prospective jurors being interviewed this week. The Los Angeles Lakers star was accused of raping the young woman on June 30, 2003, at an Eagle resort where she worked and he was a guest. He had pleaded not guilty. Bryant, 26, has admitted having sex with the woman, who was 19 at the time, but claims it was consensual. If convicted of felony sexual assault, he could have faced four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine up to $750,000.