Kobe Bryant Removed From Film Festival Panel Because Of 2003 Rape Allegation
#KobeBryant, who will always go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, dipped and dabbled into the film industry to make history in that realm as well.
If y'all remember, he recently won an Academy Award for his "Dear Basketball" short film.
Kobe was part of an animated film festival jury in L.A., but not anymore since he got kicked off due to allegations from his 2003 rape case resurfacing.
The head of Animation Is Film said, "After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury"
This all happened in the midst of a petition on Change.org asking that #Kobe be completely removed from the panel.
The petition, which only had over 150 signatures read, "This is an urgent time to say NO to toxic and violent behavior against women...Keeping Kobe Bryant on the jury sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve."