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Documents from Bryant case show police statement

AP , EAGLE, COLORADO

The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told investigators the NBA star ignored her entreaties to stop and said there was no doubt he heard her "because every time I said `No' he tightened his hold around me," according to documents released on Friday.

That is among the never-before-released details of the woman's interview with Eagle County sheriff's investigators the day after the incident at a Vail-area resort last summer. Some details were released months ago, before the rape charge against Bryant was dismissed at the woman's request.

The then-19-year-old woman said she and Bryant kissed for several minutes in his room before he became aggressive and began groping her.

The woman, who was a front desk employee and had given Bryant a tour of the Cordillera resort, said he put both his hands around her neck and after bending her over a chair, removed one hand to pull down her underwear.

"At that point I was just kind of scared and I said `No' a few times," she told the detectives at the sheriff's office about 12 hours after the incident.

Investigator Doug Winters then asked how she knew that Bryant heard her.

"Because every time I said `No' he tightened his hold around me," she replied.

She said she cried during the encounter.

misleading

The woman also said she believed she led Bryant to believe she wanted him to hug or kiss her -- she said she thought he was "going to try and make a move on me" -- but she did not intend to have sex with him.

During his interview with detectives, Bryant said the woman told him she had hoped he would have sex with her, according to the transcript released on Friday. He said the woman never cried and he repeatedly told detectives the sex was consensual. He also said she gave him a kiss goodbye before she left his room.

Bryant, 26, still faces a federal lawsuit filed by the woman that seeks unspecified damages for pain and suffering she says she has suffered since the incident last summer. No trial date has been set.

Several news organizations including The Associated Press had requested access to the sealed case files, including evidence and witness statements. More will be released on Monday by the prosecution once the woman's name and some of her personal history is redacted.

unwilling to testify

After the woman said she wouldn't testify in the criminal case, prosecutors dismissed the felony sexual assault charge against Bryant on Sept. 1. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said at the time he believed a jury would have convicted Bryant, but only if the woman was willing to testify.

Included in the documents were statements from the first three people the woman saw after her encounter with Bryant. Trina McKay, the resort's night auditor, said she saw the woman as she was leaving to go home, and "she did not look or sound as if there had been any problem."

But Bobby Pietrack, a bellman and high school friend of the woman, said she appeared to be very upset.

"As we started to walk to the time clock [she] grabbed my arm and started to cry and said that Kobe Bryant choked her," Pietrack wrote in a police statement.

"After we clocked out, I asked her to tell me everything, and that is when she told me that Kobe Bryant had forced sex with her."

He added: "She was very shaken and she was crying" as they walked to their cars from the hotel.

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