As an executive producer on the film, Bryant is expected to receive the award—but not everyone is cheering for him.
In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, when decades-old allegations are resurfacing against high-profile Hollywood men like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, the NBA star, who was accused of rape in 2003, has remained relatively immune to media backlash regarding the past allegation.
Initially, the 19-year-old told police that on June 30, 2003, Bryant, who was 24 at the time, raped her in his room at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Colorado, where she worked.
According to the transcripts, the woman said Bryant asked her for a hug.
At the end of the performance, Gaga, who has talked openly about being a victim of sexual assault, was joined onstage by fifty survivors in a powerful tableau that brought the audience to its feet.