The FBI recently unsealed a 17-page report on a murder-for-hire scheme that targeted the Colorado woman who in 2003 accused NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.

The report, which is heavily redacted, outlines the case against Patrick Graber, a Swiss bodybuilder who offered to kill Bryant’s accuser, a Colorado resident, for $3 million. The FBI posted the report on Sept. 1 to its vault website, an archive for cases with a large public interest.

Graber’s name is redacted from the report, but he was sentenced in 2004 to three years in prison for the scheme.

According to the FBI report, Graber mailed an offer to Bryant via Federal Express that included “inferences that he could make Bryant’s problem with respect to the sexual assault case go away for a fee.”

Bryant’s security team and his attorney took the letter to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The sheriff’s department conducted a controlled meeting with the suspect, who offered to “influence the victim” in the trial and, if that didn’t work, to “go all the way to remove the witness,” the report said.

After the letter was mailed to Bryant, three Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies traveled to Eagle County to interview the woman and warn her about the threat, the report said.

The FBI caught Graber after setting up meetings with him and arranging to make payment with fake money used in Hollywood movie sets. The report also provides some details of interviews with Graber’s neighbors, a celebrity bodyguard, people who worked at the Los Angeles Gold’s Gym where Graber trained and with other witnesses.

In 2003, Bryant had sex with a woman in his hotel room at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards while he was in the area to undergo knee surgery. The woman said she was raped while Bryant said the sex was consensual. The charges were dropped after the woman refused to testify. The two reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit, and Bryant apologized while not admitting guilt.

Bryant, who was part of five Los Angeles Lakers championship teams, died in January 2020 in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

 

 

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