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Reporter Who Brought Up Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation Hours After His Death Washington Post



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A reporter from the Washington post office who was on administrative leave after tweeting a story about a 2003 rape charge against Kobe Bryant was cleared to work again, Tuesday said the paper.

In a statement, the post said an internal review had found that the political journalist Felicia Sonmez was “not in clear and direct breach of our social media rules,” but that the tweets were “untimed.”

“They consistently call for caution, which is particularly important when tragic deaths occur. We apologize that we have commented publicly on a personal issue, “said Tracy Grant, the managing editor.

The paper was heavily criticized publicly for behaving against Sonmez.

On Monday, hundreds of employees from the post office signed a letter from the Washington Post Guild expressing “alarm and consternation” about the move and asking the Executive Editor Marty Baron and editor-in-chief Tracy Grant to ensure the safety of Sonmez.

The reporter’s tweet came in the wake of public outrage about the tragic deaths of Bryant and eight others, including Gianna, his 13-year-old family.

The Post reported that Sonmez had received threats of death and rape and had to relocate to a hotel following online publishing of her home address.

Sonmez, who erased the original tweet at editors ‘ order, received a Sunday email from Baron claiming that “To tweet, it was a genuine lack of judgment. Stop, please. You hurt this agency by doing so. “Did you think this writer was meant to be fired?

Sonmez shared the email with a reporter for Associated Press.

A newspaper spokesperson, Kristine Coratti Kelly, sent an email to The AP Tuesday’s announcement but said it wasn’t going to comment any further.

Sonmez did not reply to an email looking for comment immediately.

The members of the guild noted in their petition on Monday that Sonmez had “received an influx of threatening tweets” and had “insufficiently received information from the media about how to defend herself.” “We agree the hours after the death of Bryant Sunday were a time for exchanging stories of past allegations of sexual violence,” the members of the guild wrote.

“The loss of such a beloved person and so many others is a tragedy. We agree, however, that as a news organization, it is our responsibility to tell the public the entire truth we know about both people and institutions, both common and controversial at times timely and in due time. “The initial tweet of Mr Sonmez related the report of the Daily Beast 2016 called” The Disturbing Rape Case of Kobe Bryant: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Report and the Half-Konfession.

He said both had consensual sex, and at the accuser’s request prosecutors later dropped the sexual assault charge.

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