Bryant Case Moving Forward

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A nasty behind-the-scenes fight is going on in the civil case against Kobe Bryant.

The paper war comes ahead of a hearing in U-S District Court in Denver on February second. It's unclear whether Bryant or the woman accusing him of rape will be there. Neither is required to appear.

The woman's attorneys are fighting Bryant's assertions that media organizations, the state court system and people who threatened the woman share responsibility for the distress she says she's suffered since their encounter in a Vail-area resort hotel 19 months ago.

Meanwhile, attorneys for the Los Angeles Lakers star are fighting attempts by the woman's attorneys to ask him questions about his sex life.

The woman's attorney, John Clune, says his client is eager for the trial to begin.

The woman sued Bryant in federal court in August, seeking unspecified damages for pain, ridicule and scorn she said she has suffered because of the alleged rape and publicity surrounding the criminal case.

Bryant has insisted he had consensual sex with the woman.