January 14, 2004 -- DENVER,
Colo. - Kobe Bryant's accuser allegedly suffers from bipolar
disorder - and may have been in such a "manic state" at the time of
the reputed attack that it boosted her sex drive and willingness to
bed someone, the defense is charging.
The basketball star's legal team, in court papers released
yesterday, quotes John Ray Strickland, one of the accuser's ex-love
as saying she is bipolar.
It also says she overdosed on the antidepressant Seroquel a month
before the alleged sex assault, and had been prescribed Wellbutrin,
another antidepressant, when she had the fateful encounter with
"Strickland's assertions that the accuser suffered from bipolar
disorder, or manic depression, is perhaps substantiated by the
medications she has been prescribed," the defense motion states.
And "one of the common symptoms of mania is an increased sexual
drive and engaging in sexual indiscretions."
"The facts of this case strongly suggest the possibility that the
accuser was either in a manic state or experiencing rapid cycling of
manic and depressive states at the time of the incident with Mr.
The motion adds, "Such evidence would be relevant to explain why
she might be suffering from a delusion about what occurred in Mr.
Bryant's hotel room."