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The arrest of Kobe Bryant:

He's one of the top pro basketball players of his era…

Kobe Bryant playing for the Lakers

…playing on five NBA champion teams, a 16 time All Star and league MVP in 2008.

But his reputation was smeared in 2003 when he was charged with sexual assault…

Kobe Bryant on cover of sports illutrated after he was acused of sexual assault

…after having relations with a 19 year old hotel employee in Edwards, Colorado.

Kobe Bryant on cover of tabloids

Kobe, who married Vanessa Laine in 1999,

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine

…admitted to an adulterous affair but denied the sex assault accusation.

Kobe Bryant on cover of tabloids

The case was dropped in September, 2004 …

Kobe Bryant

…when Kobe's accuser refused to testify against him.

A civil suit was later settled out of court and the settlement terms were not disclosed. Kobe's endorsement contracts with McDonald's and Nutella were terminated because of the negative publicity.

In December 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences while the couple maintained joint custody of their two daughters. And in January 2013, Kobe and Vanessa announced on social media they had called off the divorce.

In the meantime, Kobe continued his high-flying NBA career.

Kobe Bryant dunking a basketball
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