On Wednesday former NBA Star Kobe Bryant was removed from serving on a jury of an animated film festival in Los Angeles. And guess what for? A 2003 rape allegation.
A group of ladies started a petition to remove Bryant because of his 2003 rape allegations.
The petition claimed that keeping him on would set a “precedent” of leniency for sexual crumble and “undermine the visibility and respect” that victims deserve.
Eric Beckman is the CEO of GKIDS, the company that is organizing the Animation Is Film festival.
And when the media asked Beckman about the decision he replied:
“We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees”
But honestly, who didn’t see this coming? With everything going on, it’s sad to see. The case involved Bryant who was 25 years old at the time, and a 19 year old. The case was dismissed a year later, in 2004.
Kobe was invited in the first place because of his animation film company. Which he won multiple awards with the film, “Dear Basketball.”
“This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry.” – Kobe Bryant
“I was honored to have been originally invited by Animation is Film to serve on the 2018 Jury, and am disappointed to no longer serve in that capacity,” Bryant’s statement said. “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry.”