Evan Rachel Wood slammed for calling Kobe Bryant 'rapist' hours after his death
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January 28, 2020
January 28, 2020 11:39 AM EST
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Evan Rachel Wood was criticized after she took aim at the late basketball player Kobe Bryant following his shock death on Sunday, calling the NBA player a “rapist”.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, alongside eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
While tributes poured in from stars worldwide, Westworld star Wood attracted criticism for unearthing sexual assault accusations made against him almost 17 years earlier by a 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee.
“He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist,” the 32-year-old tweeted. “And all of these truths can exist simultaneously.”
Bryant was never prosecuted over the claims and, taking to the comments of the post, fans of the star were quick to condemn her over the “attention-seeking” post.
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And this is where the Me too movement has gotten out of control… attacking a man who literally just died less than 24 hours ago, with his little girl!
Was it proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he raped somebody? Did he go to jail? Was he charged?
— Catherine (Kathleen) Curtin (@kathleencurtinc) January 27, 2020
“And this is where the Me too movement has gotten out of control … attacking a man who literally just died less than 24 hours ago, with his little girl!” one fan wrote, while a second added, “These things need to be taken seriously and your (sic) just looking for attention after him and his daughter JUST died. Wow.”
Another user called the star a “narcissistic disappointment”.
Wood tried to calm the criticism on Monday, asking for “kindness and respect to all.”
“Beloveds, this was not a condemnation or a celebration. It was a reminder that everyone will have different feelings and there is room for us all to grieve together instead of fighting,” she wrote, saying that “everyone has lost”.
You don't get to cover that bullshit you did with third rate greeting card platitudes. It's like y'all have a compulsion to shoehorn yourselves into other people's pain and running back to victimhood when checked.
— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) January 27, 2020
However, the tweet only prompted further outrage, with one fan snapping back, “You don’t get to cover that bulls— you did with third rate greeting card platitudes.”