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Kobe Bryant

Absolved in Church Assault Case

2/7/2012 4:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Kobe Bryant
is no sinner ... so says the San Diego City Attorney's Office ... which decided it will NOT pursue charges against the NBA star over an altercation at a local church last year.

Bryant had been accused of flipping out on Thomas Hagos at St. Therese of Carmel Church back in August -- because Bryant believed Hagos snapped his pic on a cell phone during services.

Hagos claimed Bryant wrestled the phone out of his hand, injuring his wrist ... but ultimately found NO pictures in the phone.

Cops investigated the situation ... and now the City Attorney has decided there is not enough evidence to prove Kobe did anything wrong.

The C.A. tells TMZ, "Based upon our extensive investigation and interview of independent witnesses, we’ve concluded that charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

Case closed.

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1.

D. Potter    

Does this sound familiar? Sounds like a payoff to me...

960 days ago
2.

Nunya    

Not a sinner in "this" situation..but he's still a cheating, arrogant ******* who need to recognize that his **** stinks just likes everybody elses.

960 days ago
3.

Deelight    

Life Style Of The Rich And Famous. Don't worry Kobe, you still have a huge fan base and if people ain't talking crap about you, then you are doin something wrong!!!

960 days ago
4.

Joao    

"Based upon our extensive [INFAMOUS CELEBRITY BIAS] investigation and interview of [INTIMIDATED] independent witnesses, we’ve concluded that charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

The incident sounds pretty graphic to have not happened, and what's this 'reasonable doubt", this isn't a friggen murder case.

I have nothing to say, the folks in Los Angeles tolerate that chit. Fvck em, they deserve what they're paying for---and it so in their face, not even hidden. Blows me away. Must be that Blue Ivy... I hear it's off the hook.

960 days ago
5.

cindy lou    

Kobe is a low class, ignorant, rapist! He cheated on his low class wife and now goes to church of all places to harass other people because he is a paranoid narcissist as well...

Of course with all his money, he can buy his way out of trouble! Just watch out Vanessa, he might pull an OJ on you and cut off your head. Then the kardashians can defend this s*** bag too!!

960 days ago
6.

i'm a lawyer!    

i'm a lakers fan, but if they couldn't get him for sexual assault they weren't going to get him for snatching a cell phone.

960 days ago
7.

Sue-Q    

Would his fingerprints not have been on the phone ???

960 days ago
8.

BlackNole08    

HA I stopped reading after the words "Not a sinner." Ask that white girl in Colorado what she thinks.

960 days ago
9.

jaclyn    

who cares about this rapist pig he should already be in jail getting his due

960 days ago
10.

StevenB    

"Insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt" is not the same thing as 'absolved' at all. Absolved means they found he didn't do it at all. It sounds like they think he did it but they don't think they could convince a jury of it.

960 days ago
11.

jabgar00    

funny how ppl on here are saying kobe rape that white trash girl. that girl had 2 different ppl semen in her vagina.. she was a *** bucket aka white trash!!

959 days ago
12.

jaclyn    

in response to jabjar no one consents to getting their vaginal wall ripped through to the rectume it took over 300 stitches to repair still think that s*** is not a rapist? well think again

959 days ago
13.

tellmeaboutit     

What a surprise.

959 days ago
14.

PokerStar    

Kobe is still the greatest Laker ever, ask Shaq. I'd also pick Kobe over Magic, Worthy, Scott, Shaq or Kareem.

959 days ago
15.

prameela    

Yes a payoff indeed

959 days ago
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