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Evan Rachel Wood Returned To The Stage After Her Controversial Kobe Bryant 'Rapist' Comment

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By Clark Sparky

Evan Rachel Wood was back on the stage nearly three weeks after making controversial comments in the wake of Kobe Bryant's death on January 26th. The "Westwood" star played a Valentine's Day show in West Hollywood with her band Evan + Zane.

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"What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe’s family," Wood tweeted in January. "He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously."

The comments were met with sharp backlash, including a particularly intense one from actress Kyla Pratt.

"Evan. We met as kids & I grew up in the same industry has you and have admired your work from afar these past few years. On camera and off. But this tweet? How f--king dare you?" she tweeted at Wood.

The mourning process for those closest to Bryant and his daughter Gianna is ongoing. His wife Vanessa shared an update on her mental state earlier this week in an emotional Instagram post.

I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live," she wrote.

"Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri," she continued. "I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all."

On Friday, Vanessa shared a heartbreaking Valentine's Day message to Kobe with an Instagram post that showed a photo of the two together.

"To my forever Valentine, I love you so much. Missing you so much on your favorite holiday. Te amo per sempre. Kisses to you and Gigi in heaven. Happy Valentine’s Day, my babies. With all my love, your boo-boo"

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