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LIFE.com: Cheating Scandals of the Stars

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Kobe Bryant Faces Rape Allegation

In early 2003, Kobe Bryant was a beloved NBA superstar with a clean image, several huge endorsement deals, and a young wife (Vanessa, pictured). But that summer, he was arrested after a 19-year-old woman who worked at a Colorado hotel accused him of raping her during a stay there. Bryant was forced to admit that he had sex with the woman, but claimed it was consensual. Prosecutors ended up dropping the case because Bryant's accuser would not testify, but Bryant later settled a civil suit she brought against him. Though many of his sponsors at the time dropped him, he's since won some of them back. He also, apparently, won back the trust of his wife: They're still together today. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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