Kobe Bryant has done what few other athletes have, which is land himself an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film for his movie, Dear Basketball. The film, which is narrated by the NBA great, is based on a farewell letter he wrote before his retirement in 2016.

While plenty of fans are ecstatic for the ball player, many believe the Academy is working against the #MeToo movement by nominating someone once accused of sexual assault.



Bryant was arrested and accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel staffer in Colorado back in 2003. He also reportedly asked the police if he could pay her to make the situation go away, according to Hello Giggles.

Charges were dropped when the accuser declined to testify. Instead, she filed a civil lawsuit, and Bryant settled the case quietly for an undisclosed amount.

He also wrote a letter of apology, admitting, “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did.”

This is enough for some to feel the retired sportsman shouldn’t have been nominated, considering the current climate of Hollywood. Check out some responses to his nomination below.





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