The FBI recently released a 17-page report on a murder plan for hire, which was aimed at a Colorado woman who accused NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of trait violations in 2003.
This heavily edited report outlines the case against Swiss bodybuilder Patrick Graber, who offered to kill Kobe’s plaintiff and a Colorado resident for $3 million. The FBI published the report on its vault website on September 1, which is an archive of cases of major public interest.
Graber’s name was deleted from the report, but he was sentenced to three years in prison in 2004 for the plan.
According to the FBI report, Graber mailed Kobe an offer via FedEx, which included “inferring that he could make Kobe’s problems in the sexual assault case disappear for compensation.”
Bryant’s security team and his attorney handed the letter to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. According to the report, the Sheriff’s Department had a controlled meeting with the suspect. The suspect proposed to “influence the victim” during the trial. If this does not work, “fully expel the witness”.
According to reports, after the letter was sent to Kobe, three Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies went to Eagle County to interview the woman and warned her about the threat.
The FBI arrested Graber after meeting with him and arranging payment with fake money used in Hollywood movies. The report also provided details of interviews with Graber’s neighbors, celebrity bodyguards, people working at the Los Angeles Golden Gym where Graber trained, and other witnesses.
In 2003, Bryant had sex with a woman in a hotel room at The Lodge & Spa in Cordillera, Edwards, while he was undergoing knee surgery in the area. The woman said she was raped, and Kobe said the sex was consensual. After the woman refused to testify, the charges were dropped. The two reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit, and Bryant apologized without pleading guilty.
Bryant was a member of five Los Angeles Lakers championship teams and was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California in January 2020.