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‘Emotionally Fragile’ Friend of Kobe Bryant’s Accuser Says Alleged Victim Had Emotional Problem
ABC News ^ | 07/14/03 | Staff Writer

Posted on 07/14/2003 10:32:41 AM PDT by bedolido

E A G L E, Colo., July 14— The nation knows basketball player Kobe Bryant's accuser only as a namless 19 year-old hotel worker, but her hometown friend says everyone in the small town of Eagle, Colo., knows exactly who she is and what she has been through.

Starlene Bray, a friend of the alleged victim, says the young woman is upset over a media stakeout outside her home and reports of emotional difficulties she's recently suffered.

"She's kind of in hiding right now," said Starlene Bray on ABCNEWS' Good Morning America. "She's been back and forth from Denver, kind of trying to avoid the media and the press right now," she said.

Bray says it seems as if everyone in the town of Eagle, a community of just 3,700 people, knows that her friend is the young woman who has accused Bryant of sexual assualt. And reports of the young woman's emotional problems has made the attention even worse, says Bray.

A recent story in the Vail Daily newspaper reported that the young woman sought doctor's care this spring for serious emotional problems that resulted from the death of a friend and a breakup.

Bray, 19, says it's true that her friend did seek help, but she says that had nothing to do with the young woman's allegations against Bryant.

"She did seek some medical help," Bray says. "She knew she needed it, so she went and got it. She was definitely emotionally fragile, but I don't think it had anything to do with what happened," she said.

Bryant's accuser, a former high school cheerleader, says the 24-year-old NBA star attacked her while he was staying at the hotel where she works on June 30. The media has not released her name because of policies intended to protect the privacy of victims of alleged sex crimes.

Reporters Flock to Small Town

Meanwhile, a steady stream of reporters from around the country have been circling the cul-de-sac where the young woman's middle-class home is located.

The young blonde has been described by her friends as a talented piano player. She sang in her high school choir and tried out for American Idol.

Bray described the young woman as "a good friend, trustworthy, thoughtful, warm-hearted."

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been accused of sexual assault. In a newspaper interview, he said he "would never do something like that." (ABCNEWS.com)

Officials at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo., where the young woman claims the attack took place, say Bryant was a guest there June 30-July 2. Byrant was in Colorado for knee surgery at a Vail clinic.

Bryant surrendered to authorities on July 4 and was released after posting $25,000 bond. Prosecutors have said they expect to decide this week whether to file charges. Bryant's attorney says he is innocent.

Bryant Proclaims Innocence

Bryant denied the allegations and said he "would never do something like that," in a story printed in Sunday's Los Angeles Times "When everything comes clean, it will all be fine, you'll see," Bryant said.

Bray says she has no doubts about her friend's story.

"Well, when I first talked to her, she seemed really distraught in the fact that it had happened to her," Bray said. "She didn't know what was going to happen to her. She was just scared," she said.

Bray says the young woman encouraged her to speak publicly "to tell everybody who she was and what kind of person she was and to try to get the newspapers and everything like that to settle down on her."


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KEYWORDS: accuser; bryant; emotional; emotionally; fragile; friend; kobe; problem
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1 posted on 07/14/2003 10:32:41 AM PDT by bedolido
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2 posted on 07/14/2003 10:33:28 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: bedolido
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3 posted on 07/14/2003 10:35:22 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: bedolido
heheheh. "the young woman sought doctor's care this spring for serious emotional problems that resulted from the death of a friend and a breakup."

It makes me sick that the paper would "imply" that she might be a nutcase just because she saw a doctor after a traumatizing experience (death of her best friend.)

4 posted on 07/14/2003 10:44:29 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( "Aspire to mediocracy"................new motto for publik skools.............)
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To: EggsAckley
The lawyers are formulating the defense. This young woman will be viewed as a fingernail-biting stalker by Thursday or whenever the authorities make their announcement of any charges.

5 posted on 07/14/2003 10:51:14 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: dwilli
Kobe Bryant's defense team has learned from the masters.

White House Communications Director Says 'Stalker' Accurate Description of Lewinsky!

6 posted on 07/14/2003 11:04:45 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Paranoia is when you realize that tin foil hats just focus the mind control beams.)
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To: bedolido
Is that a photo of the "alleged victim" or the friend?
7 posted on 07/14/2003 11:12:51 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: Hatteras
I think it must be the friend, since the victim is said to have blonde hair.
8 posted on 07/14/2003 11:16:06 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( "Aspire to mediocracy"................new motto for publik skools.............)
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To: Hatteras
Is that a photo of the "alleged victim" or the friend?

I think it's the friend. At least according to the way the article was setup. I posted her cuz she's pretty. No other reason....lol.

9 posted on 07/14/2003 11:16:08 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: bedolido
I think it's the friend. At least according to the way the article was setup. I posted her cuz she's pretty. No other reason....lol.

do you think Kobe's pretty? (hehheh)

10 posted on 07/14/2003 11:23:35 AM PDT by itsinthebag
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To: bedolido
Even though the authorities are keeping her identity a secret, there has got to be somebody out there that has gone through all the American Idol tapes and found a clip of a young lady from Eagle, Colorado. If not then somebody is not trying hard enough.
11 posted on 07/14/2003 11:29:46 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: itsinthebag
If you think that way... maybe you should check this out... hehehe
12 posted on 07/14/2003 11:36:21 AM PDT by bedolido (Ann Coulter... A Conservative Male's Natural Viagra)
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To: EggsAckley
Forget the "implication."

She IS a nutcase...any way you look at it.

13 posted on 07/14/2003 12:16:33 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Opinions are like a$$holes, everybody has one.
14 posted on 07/14/2003 12:27:56 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( "Aspire to mediocracy"................new motto for publik skools.............)
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To: EggsAckley
Your new tag line?
15 posted on 07/14/2003 12:41:06 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
She IS a nutcase...any way you look at it.

You are the nutcase...anyway you look at it.

16 posted on 07/14/2003 1:35:48 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: bedolido
There was another friend of the victim on television this morning. She had blond hair and was quite stupid.

I feel sorry for the victim, all her friends are getting their 15 minutes at her expense.
17 posted on 07/14/2003 1:48:14 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.)
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To: itsinthebag
do you think Kobe's pretty? (hehheh)

Billy Dee Williams....now he's pretty!

18 posted on 07/14/2003 1:58:00 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: cinFLA
Nice. I comment on a foolish young woman's stupid indiscretion of entering a stranger's hotel room late at night and you call me names.

Remind me never to introduce my sons to your daughters.

19 posted on 07/14/2003 2:50:08 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
You called her a nutcase. I merely substituted "you" for "she" in quoting you.
20 posted on 07/14/2003 3:03:26 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA
Check out post #4. Eggsackley first referred to her as a possible "nutcase."

Accuracy counts.

FWIW, there's a BIG difference between commenting on the "subject" of a posted story, and commenting on fellow freepers.

21 posted on 07/14/2003 3:28:47 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Accuracy counts.

I was accurate to the post I responded to.

22 posted on 07/14/2003 4:16:40 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA
Please. Always stay as sweet as you are.

Promise?

23 posted on 07/14/2003 4:37:04 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: bedolido
Starlene??!! (gulp)
24 posted on 07/14/2003 4:38:48 PM PDT by ewing
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To: EggsAckley
There is nothing in Bryant's past to suggest he is the type to 'attack' a woman, as is claimed in this story. If they were involved in some sort of activity and it went too far, maybe. But 'aatack' makes it sound like it was sudden and violent, whether physically or sexually. I find that difficult to beleive.
25 posted on 07/14/2003 4:44:26 PM PDT by Trust but Verify (Will work for W)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
She IS a nutcase...any way you look at it.

So does Kobe always go around preying upon "nut cases"? Does he always take advantage of similarly minded women?

26 posted on 07/24/2003 8:30:05 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
When did you stop beating your wife?
27 posted on 07/24/2003 10:14:06 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
When did you stop beating your wife?

Oh...I didn't know that there was any reasonable doubt that Bryant initiated this whole thing.

He didn't invite her into his room, then, eh?

Oh, of course...how wrong of me to conclude that Bryant was the initiator in this thing...obviously the 19 yr old teen girl was in control of the whole thing. Ya know when you're only talking about a multi-millionaire celeb who is a prime guest (where the customer's is for certain always right), who was he to fend off the advances of this mere teen-ager?

28 posted on 07/24/2003 10:23:59 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
I deliberately chose the words "preying upon" and "taking advantage of" because they are ambiguous enough to cover both adultery as well as rape (since I'll wait for the facts to come out).

So, no, my conclusion is not already 100% drawn. (Altho, at least I haven't been arrested for abusing my wife)

While sports celebs don't exactly have to prowl around for women in a world of sports groupies, it doesn't sound to me like she qualified as a groupie.

If it was only adultery, he was still a sexual predator seeking to take advantage of her. "Consent" only removes the criminal element of this, not the moral stigma attached.

29 posted on 07/24/2003 10:29:42 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
If Bryant had gone to her room, seeking her out, you'd make more sense.

As it stands now, this unstable 19-year-old "American Idol" wannabe who attempted suicide weeks ago and bragged to her friends about her encounter with an NBA star, requested to bring room service to Kobe.

What service was actually being offered is anyone's guess.

Kobe's an idiot and an adulterer, but not a rapist, IMO.

The girl is a fool who was not raised with enough morals and smarts to know she shouldn't enter a strange man's room in the middle of the night.

A product of the MTV/Will & Grace generation.

30 posted on 07/24/2003 10:42:00 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
The girl is a fool who was not raised with enough morals and smarts to know she shouldn't enter a strange man's room in the middle of the night.

Are you consistent? Where were you when the Clintonistas needed you? You should have been, as wideawake said on a thread yesterday, "accusing Juanita Broaddrick of being a whore for going to the hotel room of a celebrity adulterer."

I guess you would describe Broaddrick the same way, eh?

31 posted on 07/24/2003 10:46:16 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
No, "consent" removes the possible life sentence in prison for Kobe.

For you to equate adultery with rape is mind-boggling. And proof of the over-wrought inconsistencies of those defending a stupid girl's indiscretion.

32 posted on 07/24/2003 10:49:06 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
For you to equate adultery with rape is mind-boggling. And proof of the over-wrought inconsistencies of those defending a stupid girl's indiscretion.

Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know you were an eyewitness who was there. Perhaps you better mention that to Kobweb's attorneyS. You could be valuable to them...

Unless, of course, you weren't there and you're merely pontificating upon something you know very little about...which could qualify you for the July 24 Kobot Kobhead award for spin meistering...

But could that be true for one of your integrity?..nah...I don't see how...it must be that if you're not an eye-witness, you're omnipresent and/or omniscient...yes, yes, that must be it! Do I bow now or do you first give me some prophetic scriptures about your messiahship?

33 posted on 07/24/2003 11:02:42 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Broaddrick was raped by a psychopath who went to the then-sitting governor's room in broad daylight after Clinton had told her he needed to shuffle his appointments for that day. Clinton held the power to accredit her nursing home business, and there were body guards with guns stationed at the hotel room door.

There was nothing in that set-up that would give a woman reason to question the situation.

Additionally, she left the encounter bleeding and immediately told two people of what had just transpired. She never laughed about the event afterwards and certainly didn't "brag" about it.

And most people paying attention now know that Clinton had a long and varied record of this sort...and worse.

No, I don't think that situation in any way mirrors Kobe's for the reasons I stated earlier.

But your type will continually push all the emotional buttons, even if they have nothing to do with this case, and you'll consistently ignore the evidence of her instability and questionable motives.

I think your agenda is not at all what you state it to be.

34 posted on 07/24/2003 11:03:04 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
I think your agenda is not at all what you state it to be.

I was right. I knew it. You're omniscient, after all. You've seen right through me. (Please don't tell anyone else...my hidden agenda is precious to me).

35 posted on 07/24/2003 11:06:58 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Please don't tell anyone else.

That'll be easy. You got it.

36 posted on 07/24/2003 11:24:28 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Colofornian
Do I bow now or do you first give me some prophetic scripture about your messiahship?

When it becomes clear all you've got on your side is lame sarcasm, the debate is over.

Talk to yourself, and be nice. You know you bruise easily.

37 posted on 07/24/2003 11:29:10 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: EggsAckley
She did seek some medical help," Bray says. "She knew she needed it, so she went and got it. She was definitely emotionally fragile, but I don't think it had anything to do with what happened," she said.

Is her friend refering to the suicide attempt as the help "she went and got". Or did she seek some help before her suicide attempt? Is her freind saying she saw a doctor after the suicide attempt?

38 posted on 07/24/2003 11:47:38 AM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
She IS a nutcase...any way you look at it.

Why do you say she's a nutcase?

39 posted on 07/24/2003 12:28:53 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
I comment on a foolish young woman's stupid indiscretion of entering a stranger's hotel room late at night...

You mean you commented on a hotel concierge entering a guest's room, quite possibly at his request. That happens at hotels around the world on a frequent basis. Sexual assault, though, is not an appropriate means of protest or self-defense by a guest if said guest felt intruded upon.

40 posted on 07/24/2003 12:32:57 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Trust but Verify
There is nothing in Bryant's past to suggest he is the type to 'attack' a woman, as is claimed in this story.

There was nothing in OJ Simpson's well-groomed past, either. That's why many of us who grew up idolizing him were astounded when his case unfolded before our eyes. Some of us even prayed he wouldn't harm himself in back of the Bronco, only to later regret that he received such a "fair" trial.

What you know about Kobe Bryant is all you're supposed to know. His well-crafted and highly-polished public persona may or may not fully represent his private life. That's why he was able for a week or so to laugh this whole thing off by telling reporters that they know him and he shouldn't have to explain anything. We only see a veneer; there's more to people that we don't usually get to see. Except in times like this.

We'll find out the truth when documents are unsealed, pictures are shown, and someone -- the accused or the accuser, since she has been so savagely impugned by others -- is shown to be telling the truth.

41 posted on 07/24/2003 12:41:34 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
The girl is a fool who was not raised with enough morals and smarts to know she shouldn't enter a strange man's room in the middle of the night.

She's a hotel concierge. She has business going places, including guests' rooms if so summoned, in the hotel where she works. It's not necessarily a morals/smarts issue.

42 posted on 07/24/2003 12:44:42 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Broaddrick was raped by a psychopath who went to the then-sitting governor's room...

He was then Attorney General.

She never laughed about the event afterwards and certainly didn't "brag" about it.

So you're going to believe what people tell Katie Couric on national television more than what's contained in the case folder (which remains sealed) or what either team and the investigators have discovered?

43 posted on 07/24/2003 12:48:35 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
oops... But your type will continually push all the emotional buttons, even if they have nothing to do with this case, and you'll consistently ignore the evidence of her instability and questionable motives.

What incontrovertible evidence do you actually have to support such claims, other than hearsay offered to NY faces with satellite trucks? And even if the young lady has had some recent traumas, how would that make the possibility of another (in the form of sexual assault) mutually exclusive?

And while I'm at it, what are her motives? Fame? Well, she's in seclusion and has no book deal that we know of. Money? Well, she's yet to file a civil suit. Oh, I know: masochism? Do you think women who submit themselves to rape kits and public humiliation (thanks to people like you who cannot wait for the matter to actually go to trial before making up your mind) get off on it? Geez.

44 posted on 07/24/2003 12:54:20 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: the infidel
You're just making this up as you go along.

Especially and specifically as a hotel employee, the young woman has no business nor legal defense for entering a guest's room in the middle of the night.

Unless Kobe was having a heart attack, the hotel was empty, the phones didn't work and she was the only person for 20 miles who knew CPR. Maybe then. But she'd still be required to take someone along with her, to protect the hotel as well as herself.

You are aware, I assume, that room service leaves the guest's door open at all times for a reason.

And it's ALL a morals/smarts issue, for both of them.

But this entire story demeans the pain and suffering of actual rape victims who know the difference between cozying-up to a superstar, and someone jumping them from the bushes while holding a knife to their throat.

45 posted on 07/24/2003 1:05:13 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: the infidel; Trust but Verify
For you to compare O.J. to Kobe is spurious and deceitful.

Anyone paying attention knew O.J. was a wife-beater and drug addict.

Kobe is neither.

Your attitude is very transparent.

46 posted on 07/24/2003 1:11:00 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
You're just making this up as you go along.

How? I'm waiting for the evidence to be unsealed. I'm waiting for witnesses to be put under oath. I'm waiting to get to the bottom of everything.

Especially and specifically as a hotel employee, the young woman has no business nor legal defense for entering a guest's room in the middle of the night.

Not even to bring towels, FedEx, room service, etc.? Not even if he then invited her in? No need to emote, Doc. The records are still sealed. We'll find out her story and his when it's unsealed.

47 posted on 07/24/2003 1:12:02 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
For you to compare O.J. to Kobe is spurious and deceitful.

Please explain why. :-)

Anyone paying attention knew O.J. was a wife-beater and drug addict.

Oh yes, that's why nobody was surprised during the slow car chase, or when he was arrested, or when he went on trial...

Kobe is neither.

And you know this because...?

Your attitude is very transparent.

So you think it matches yours?

48 posted on 07/24/2003 1:14:52 PM PDT by the infidel
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To: the infidel
And even if the young lady has had some recent traumas...

"Ladies" don't go to stranger's hotel rooms in the middle of the night.

And most of her "traumas" appear to be self-inflicted and self-serving.

49 posted on 07/24/2003 1:17:05 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: the infidel
You've been watching too much television and obviously living vicariously through fictional characters.

"Party of Five" has been cancelled.

Deal with it.

50 posted on 07/24/2003 1:22:59 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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