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Kobe Accuser's Apology Letter

Said she was sorry for misleading statements to cops

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Kobe Accuser's Apology Letter

OCTOBER 12--Weeks before the scheduled start of the Kobe Bryant trial, his female accuser wrote a letter apologizing for intentional misstatements she made when first interviewed last year by Colorado police. In a handwritten letter to state investigator Gerry Sandberg (a copy of which you'll find below), the woman claimed that one such "mix-up" was triggered by her concern that Detective Doug Winters, lead investigator on the Bryant case, "did not believe what had happened to me." The woman's letter, which was included in a stack of documents just released by Eagle County prosecutors, also further clarifies a "degrading comment" the NBA star allegedly made to the woman, now 20, during the pair's June 2003 encounter at a Vail-area resort. Click here to read excerpts from the Kobe Bryant police files. (3 pages)