HONOLULU – Months before he was charged with rape, NBA (search) superstar Kobe Bryant (search) contacted a divorce attorney -- a move that sent his wife into an emotional tailspin that led to her being hospitalized on advanced life support, a new report says.
Vanessa Laine Bryant (search)'s breakdown came just two months after giving birth to the couple's first child, Natalia.
It also came three months before Kobe Bryant -- who once told his fellow L.A. Lakers that he "would never get in trouble like Mike Tyson" -- had a sexual encounter with a Colorado hotel concierge, who soon after told police that he raped her.
Those are among the details in a lengthy Newsweek article published Monday, describing Bryant's often-lonely personal life.
It also reveals how some people close to him are portraying what happened between him and his 19-year-old accuser.
Those people say that when Bryant, 25, checked in to the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, he and the woman began flirting almost immediately, and that she gave him a personal tour of the exclusive hotel's grounds, including its gym and sauna.
She delivered food to his room and later offered to personally check out a problem with his room's whirlpool when he called the front desk to complain that it was not working, according to sources quoted by the magazine.
Bryant invited her to come back to the room once she got off work, and when she came by later that night, the two began having sex in his room, the magazine reported.
But Bryant quickly became anxious that he was not using a condom, and afraid that she might get pregnant, according to his friends.
The woman at some point began yelling at him to stop having sex, which he did, but by that time, she was "crying hysterically and was insistent on leaving," Newsweek reports.
Bryant panicked and tried to keep the woman in the room and have her talk to him until she calmed down, and also tried to ice down her tear-swollen eyes, according to the sources quoted. The woman left soon after.
But a friend of the woman quoted by Newsweek said Bryant's friends have the story all wrong.
That person said the accuser was "attacked as soon as she walked through the door," and that there was "aggressive groping with no warning ... followed by sex," the magazine reports.