In his new documentary, basketball star Kobe Bryant shared very fragile information including the miscarriage of wife Vanessa during his rape trial in 2004, according to msn.com.
While Bryant was staying in a Colorado hotel in anticipation of a procedure on his knee, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a woman working at that hotel in 2003. Luckily, charges against Bryant were dropped when the woman failed to testify, leaving the two to later settle a civil suit.
His new documentary titled Muse aired on Showtime this past weekend. Bryant revealed that Vanessa had suffered a miscarriage with potentially their second child during the sexual assault drama.
Bryant confessed, “we were expecting our second child during that time. There was so much stress…she actually miscarried. I have a real hard time dealing with that because I felt like it was just my fault. Like we should be building our family but because of my mistake – because of this tough year – we lost a baby.”
With further explanation, he continued to blame himself for the loss. “We tried to justify – you don’t realize how common miscarriages are, you know, these things happen and it’s part of the process. But the reality is it happened because of me. That’s the reality of it. And that’s something that I gotta carry forever.”
The Bryants’ share two daughters, Natalia, born in 2003, and Gianna, born in 2006.
In late 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce, but the two eventually nixed the split in 2013.
Despite their rocky history, Kobe still defended Vanessa when he said, “things would have been really easy to leave, especially during that time. It would have been much easier to leave, take half the money, and have your daughter. But she didn’t do that.”
We’ve all watched the many difficult situations Kobe and his family have found themselves in over the years due to his high profile basketball career. It’s aspirational to see two people who are under heavy media watch and scrutiny, still stand strong and make substantial sacrifices for the sake of their love and their family; especially in an era of high divorce rates, Kobe and Vanessa kept a solid unity and did not fear sharing their mistakes and expressing their vulnerabilities to the rest of the world.
You can catch Kobe’s documentary tonight at 9:45 p.m. on Showtime Showcase. For more times and information, visit the Showtime website.