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Bryant's lawyers seek tape ban

EAGLE, Colo. -- Lawyers for Kobe Bryant fought yesterday to keep out of his upcoming rape trial a tape of an interview the basketball star had with police after the 19-year-old woman accused him of rape.

Bryant's lawyers, Hal Haddon and Pamela Mackey, want the judge to throw out the interview, which was taped about 24 hours after the woman alleged she was raped. Police had approached Bryant outside the hotel where he was staying and where the young woman worked to ask him about her accusations.

The lawyers argue that the interview should be suppressed because Bryant was not told he had the right to remain silent. The tape recorder was in the pocket of one of the police officers, and Bryant did not know his comments were being recorded, his lawyers said.

Testimony about the contents of the taped interview have been held in closed session while a judge considers whether it can be admitted in evidence at Bryant's upcoming trial.

The 25-year-old Bryant has denied raping the woman but has said they had consensual sex.

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