umm he had SOMETHING going on with brandy and something happend...i don't remember what and she started dating wanye morris from boyz II men and kobe moved on to vanessa. Just a little stuff i was able to scrounge up. I think she should have left him when he did that *** in colarado...but then again smart move because he's worth MORE now! I wish her the best I was mad when he married her but what the hell...
05/01/06: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have a new baby girl. Named Gianna Maria-Onore, she was born in Orange County, California, weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long at birth.
11/9/05: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are expecting their second child. The baby is due in May, 2006.
5/05: Kobe Bryant surprised his wife, Vanessa, with a recommitment ceremony in Laguna Beach, California. The surprise reportedly cost Kobe $50,000. "The pair dined privately in a beachfront tent decorated to resemble a favorite L.A. restaurant Dolce."
Source: People Magazine
3/1/05: The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexual assault agreed to settle the civil lawsuit she filed after she dropped the criminal charges against him.
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November, 2004: Kobe accused Karl Malone of flirting with Vanessa and making inappropriate comments to her. Malone has denied the charge.
We wondered if this whole scenario was just a manipulation by Vanessa to humiliate Kobe in public for the Colorado mess, or just a move by Kobe to control who plays and who doesn't play for the Lakers, or a ploy for more personal publicity.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Vanessa Cornejo Ubrieta Laine was born on May 5, 1982, in Huntington Beach, California.
How They Met:
Kobe and Vanessa met at a music video *** where she was a background dancer.
Engaged while she was still in high school, her engagement ring is 7 carats in size, and valued at $100,000.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine were married on April 18, 2001 in Dana Point, California at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church.
Kobe's parents were not supportive of the marriage between Kobe and Vanessa.
Kobe's family and teammates did not attend the wedding.
Ages at Wedding:
Kobe, 22; Vanessa, 18.
Kobe, NBA basketball player for the LA Lakers.
Kobe and Vanessa have two daughters.
Natalia Diamante, born January 19, 2003.
Gianna Maria-Onore, born May 1, 2006 in Orange County, California.
Kobe and Vanessa do not have a prenuptial agreement.
*** after admitting to being unfaithful, Kobe bought Vanessa a $4 million eight-carat, purple diamond ring.
They reportedly also often wear matching leather bracelets as a sign of their love for one another. Some wonder if these gifts are damage control or just good PR.
Although the Vanessa and Kobe have maintained that their marriage is strong, an article in Newsweek maintains that Kobe and Vanessa were growing apart in early 2003. Kobe apparently had contacted a divorce attorney in March, 2003.
Kobe speaks Italian and Spanish fluently.
Kobe joined the NBA when he was 18 years of age.
Vanessa's cultural heritage is half Mexican, and half Irish.
Sexual Assault Charges and Trial:
After being charged with sexual assault on July 18, 2003, Kobe Bryant admitted that he had been unfaithful. In May, 2003, Bryant plead innocent to charges of felony sexual assault.
Trial News Update:
9/1/04: The rape case against Kobe Bryant was dismissed with prejudice meaning the felony sexual assault charge cannot be refiled. Prosecutors said they dropped the charge because the alleged victim "could no longer participate." The federal civil lawsuit is still pending.
8/10/04: Kobe Bryant was notified that a federal civil lawsuit was filed against him on August 10, 2004. The suit asks for a jury trial, compensatory damages of at least $75,000, and punitive damages to be determined. Attorneys for the 20-year old woman have stated that she is owed money for the pain, "public scorn, hatred and ridicule" she has allegedly suffered since the alleged rape in the summer of 2003. The civil lawsuit also accuses Bryant of misconduct with other women. Some legal experts believe that the filing could cripple the criminal case against Kobe Bryant and could lead people to judge that the motives for the case are purely financial.
8/4/04: Statements from the prosecution team makes it appear that their case against Kobe Bryant may be falling apart. Additionally, the accuser may refuse to testify. Her attorney has mentioned the possibility of a civil suit against Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant's *** assault trial has been set for Aug. 27, 2004. He is charged with allegedly assaulting a Colorado woman on June 30, 2004. She was 19 years old at the time of the alleged attack in a luxury hotel, the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. The trial and juror selection process is expected to take three to four weeks.
Conviction would have meant four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation, and a fine of up to $750,000 for Bryant.