The Kobe Bryant defense has taken 10 months of pretrial litigation and reams of court filings in the quest to prove their client’s innocence.
“The accuser’s false accusation of rape has exacted a personal and professional toll on Mr. Bryant that is as incalculable as it is indescribable,” attorney Hal Haddon wrote in an April 5 filing.
What can’t be argued is this case’s financial toll – an estimated $2 million and counting – on Bryant, who returns to the Eagle County Justice Center on Monday for pretrial hearings.
According to a survey of legal analysts, private investigators, security firms, independent crime laboratories, a private jet agency and defense experts, Bryant’s continuing battle could run him close to $10 million by the time a Colorado jury reads the verdict.
Bryant, 25, who earns an estimated $35 million a year as a marquee Lakers player and endorser for multiple blue-chip firms such as Nike and Coca-Cola, has spared no expense in fighting the felony sexual-assault charge that threatens to take his Hall of Fame-bound basketball career from him and put him in prison for life.