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Gayle King SLAMS CBS Over Viral Clip About Kobe Bryant's Rape Case

By Whitney Vasquez

Gayle King is blaming CBS for editing the question about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape charge without context into her "CBS This Morning" interview with former WNBA player Lisa Leslie after the host received a ton of backlash. Earlier this week, her interview with the Triplets head coach aired in which Leslie talked about her longtime friend Kobe Bryant and fans were shocked when it appeared Gayle King brought his rape case up out of nowhere. The Lakers legend's criminal case was dropped in September 2004 after the accuser declined to testify. The woman filed the suit months earlier only to settle out of court in March 2005.

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Defending Her Actions:


On Thursday, Gayle King took to Twitter to share a two-part response to the controversy and appeared to put all the blame on her network. "If I had only seen the clip that you saw, I would be extremely angry with me too," she stated before revealing, "I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry." This is where she takes a turn on CBS by stating, "Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way, it's very jarring."

The Backlash Over Kobe:


Gayle King also stated that it was her decision to bring up Kobe Bryant's rape charge after she was advised to "say nothing," but that wasn't "good enough for (her)." Saying it was important for Lisa Leslie to put her two-cents in about the charges, King defended her actions. "I wanted to get Lisa's take on it as a friend who knew him well. What she thought, where that would stand," she said. "It was very powerful when she looked me in the eye, as a member of the media, to say it's time for the media to leave that alone and back off. During the course of the interview, I asked follow-up questions because I wanted to make sure her position and perspective were very clear."

Slamming CBS:


Pointing the finger again at the network, Gayle King added, "For the network to take the most salacious part, when taken out of context, and put it up online, for people who didn't see the whole interview is very upsetting to me and is something I'm going to have to deal with them." She ended her rant by reminding people she's spent time with Kobe Bryant on "many social occasions" and he was "kind and warm." Gayle King also stated, "The last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time. I hope people understand that."

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