Kobe's Lawyers Fight Back

Kobe Media Frenzy

Media organizations are planning to fight a request from Kobe Bryant's
defense attorneys to close his upcoming preliminary hearing.

Bryant's lawyers asked a judge Friday to close the hearing ... arguing the publicity will threaten the NBA star's right to a fair trial.

Tthe October 9th hearing will determine if the 25-year old's sexual assault case will go to trial.

The Los Angeles Lakers star is charged with sexually assaulting a 19 year-old employee at an Edwards resort in June.