Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

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Kobe Bryant Dropped From Animated Film Festival Jury Over 2003 Rape Allegation

The former basketball star was set to be part of the jury at the Animation is Film Festival this weekend in Hollywood.

Though the former basketball star was set to serve as a juror, organizers announced on Wednesday that he will no longer participate.

“After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” Eric Beckman, founder of the Animation is Film Festival and CEO of GKIDS, said in a statement.

Last week, a petition was created for Bryant – who won an Oscar his 2017 short Dear Basketball – to be removed from the roster of jurors due to an accusation of sexual assault made against him in the past.

“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 said.

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