Attorneys for Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant say statements he made after being accused of rape last summer should not be released to the media.
In a court filing released Thursday, the defense says Bryant's statements shouldn't be made public because a judge hasn't decided
what parts will be admitted at trial.
Attorneys for 12 news organizations asked District Judge Terry
Ruckriegle last week to release the statements made during a more-than hour-long interview with two Eagle County sheriff's deputies. One of the deputies captured the interview with a hidden tape recorder.
Ruckriegle ruled last month that some of those statements could be used at trial.
Media attorneys say Bryant apparently didn't say anything incriminating.
Bryant has pleaded innocent to felony sexual assault, saying he had consensual sex with a female employee of a Vail-area resort where he was a guest.
Bryant's 26th birthday is Monday. He's scheduled to stand trial later in the week, with jury selection beginning August 27th. He faces four years to life in prison, or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine of up to 750-thousand dollars if convicted.
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