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Kobe Bryant Removed From Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegations

Kobe Bryant was dropped from being on an animated Film Festival Jury over his rape incident that took place in 2003.

According to ESPN:

Chief executive officer Eric Beckman of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move.

“After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” Beckman said in a statement. “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees.”

He released a statement saying he was honored to be invited and disappointed to be excluded.

“This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry,” Bryant’s statement said. “I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”

In 2003, Bryant was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel employee.

The Lakers star said he believed it was a consensual sexual encounter.

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