Former NBA star and animated filmmaker Kobe Bryant was dropped from a film festival after some protested his inclusion due to a 2003 rape allegation, according to ESPN.
Bryant was set to serve on the jury of the animated film festival “Animation Is Film,” but his removal was announced Wednesday.
“After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” said Eric Beckman, founder of the company GKIDS which organizes the festival.
“This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry,” Bryant said in a statement.
The accuser refused to testify against Bryant, so the case was dropped and a civil suit was settled out of court between Bryant and his accuser, while Bryant still maintained his innocence.