09/02/2004 at 02:00 PM EDT
Rape charges against NBA star Kobe Bryant, 26, were dismissed Wednesday after the 20-year-old Colorado woman who made the accusation said she couldn't go on with the criminal case. (Her civil suit against Bryant will proceed as planned, however.) The Laker star later released a statement: "Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way that I did."
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