LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Lakers legend and Oscar-winning producer Kobe Bryant will not serve on the jury for the Animation is Film Festival in Hollywood after an online petition demanded his removal over a 2003 rape allegation.

Bryant, who won an Oscar for the animated short “Dear Basketball”, was scheduled as a juror for the animation festival at the TCL Chinese Theatres this weekend, according to Variety.

But after a Change.org petition was posted last week – and garnered less than 200 signatures as of Wednesday morning – Bryant was taken off the jurors list.

Variety, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and ASIFA Hollywood are all sponsors of the event.

“In light of the #MeToo movement, there has been little to no recourse for Kobe Bryant’s actions of sexual assault. We demand that GKIDS, Variety, & Annecy revoke their complicity in enabling a sexual predator to continue a life without any accountability both as an individual and a celebrity”, the petition stated.

Bryant voiced his disappointment with the move in a statement released to Variety.

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Kobe Bryant poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

“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. “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry. I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Bryant would not be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences despite winning an Oscar.

Following his victory, as is customary for Oscar winners, the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch approved Bryant’s membership.

However, in what was described as a rare move, the Governors Committee of the Academy overruled the decision and rescinded the invitation.

Comments (24)
  1. Bryant did not write that statement. It is punctuated with correct spelling and English. Talk about fake news.

  2. Patrick Mcclellan says:

    On what date was he found guilty.??

    1. Don Zarzana says:

      He never had a trial (Criminal) he settled out of court for an unknown amount of money. He seems immune to criticism for his actions because he can put a round ball in some sort of hoop.

  3. Jeff Morrone says:

    and I thought he was found NOT Guilty

    1. Gondolfo Zarzana says:

      There was NO TRIAL, he settled out of court and the settlement was confidential

  4. Kobe sodomized a woman about 15 years ago.

    1. David McCrary says:

      If memory serves me correctly, he was playing tail gunner with some skank in CO. They also found additional DNA in her underwear. Lucky he did not end up like Magic Johnson.

  5. Debra Hanania Freeman says:

    I’ve had enough of this #MeToo bs

  6. An allegation of rape, first time I heard this? Story fails to offer an explanation or information on the, “Allegation” of rape. Again an allegation wrecks a mans career, his integrity, where is the due process? Thanks MeToo Movement, I’m sure the average bluer collar woman just trying to do their job is happy with this petition, and this decision will certainly make her workplace a safer place!

  7. liberal idiots eating their own. gotta love it.

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