They were very young when they met; Kobe was 21 and Vanessa was a 17-year-old high school senior. They were engaged in May 2000 and wed in April 2001. They have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna.
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Their marriage weathered Kobe's sexual assault scandal in 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee accused the NBA star of raping her. Kobe admitted to having a sexual encounter with her but denied the assault. The criminal case was dropped after the employee refused to testify, but a settlement was reached in a separate civil trial.
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