Kobe Bryant Case

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A judge says he hopes to decide this week whether to unseal documents related to Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case.

Several media organizations have tried to get the documents released. Legal experts say the records could include statements from Bryant's accuser and witnesses about what happened in his hotel suite six weeks ago.

The material could also outline what evidence has been collected.

Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett says he hopes to make his decision by Friday. But he says if he does rule in favor of releasing the documents, an appeal will likely keep them sealed pending a hearing.

Bryant is charged with raping a 19-year-old employee of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.

He has said the sex was consensual.