Media Urged Not to Reveal Accuser's Name

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Victims' advocacy groups are urging the media to refrain from identifying the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape despite a new ruling in her civil case.

Wednesday a federal judge said the woman must be identified as she pursues her civil lawsuit against the N-B-A star.

The woman's attorneys had asked to allow her to be known only as
Jane Doe in court documents and during hearings. U-S District Judge
Richard Matsch said it would be unfair to Bryant and that her privacy has already been invaded anyway.

Legal experts say federal judges rarely allow plaintiffs to remain anonymous, except in cases involving children or whistleblowers who might fear employer retaliation.

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