Kobe Bryant Removed From Film Festival Panel For 2003 Rape Allegations

Kobe Bryant has been cut from the he Animation Is Film Festival jury after a protest for his 2003 rape allegations. Bryant’s place on the panel was axed after a change.org petition called ‘Remove Sexual Predator Kobe Bryant from ‘Animation Is Film’ Festival Jury’ was posted online:

“We, women and allies of the animation community demand that accused rapist and sexual predator Kobe Bryant be removed from the Jury of Animation is Film Festival. In light of the #MeToo movement, there has been little to no recourse for Kobe Bryant’s actions of sexual assault. We demand that GKIDS, Variety, & Annecy revoke their complicity in enabling a sexual predator to continue a life without any accountability both as an individual and a celebrity. On its website ‘Animation Is Film’ specifically states one of their primary purposes is to champion and support women filmmakers. It’s time to turn these words into action.”

CEO Eric Beckman released a statement after the petition was posted saying, “After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury.” He went on to say, “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees.”

source – usatoday

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