Stephen M. Silverman
February 03, 2005 03:00 PM

There was a big surprise at the civil sexual assault case against basketball star Kobe Bryant in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday: His accuser unexpectedly showed up – pregnant and married.

The blonde, 20-year-old was visibly pregnant and was escorted into the courtroom by her husband, according to the Rocky Mountain News and the New York Post.

The accuser reportedly declined to speak with journalists outside the courtroom, while, inside, her husband was described as looking nervous, reports the Post.

“She is strong, resolute, and she is not going to be intimidated,” the accuser’s attorney, Lin Wood, tells the Post. “This is her case, and she will be here as it moves forward.”

Federal District Judge Richard P. Matsch later blasted lawyers on both sides for dragging their feet and exploiting the trial for its publicity. “I expect this case to get to trial in the summer – this summer,” he emphasized during a lengthy monologue from the bench. “The court is not involved in the entertainment business,” he added.

The case stems from the woman’s accusation that Bryant, 26, forced himself on her sexually on June 30, 2003, at a Vail resort where she worked as concierge. The Los Angeles Lakers star has called the sex between them consensual. A criminal case against him over the matter was dropped after much chaos, including leaks about the accuser on the court’s Web site. She has continued pressing civil charges, however.

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