EAGLE, Colo. – Kobe Bryant’s prosecutors made a last-ditch bid to cast doubt on crucial DNA evidence Wednesday, charging it was contaminated and manipulated by defense experts.

The Eagle County district attorney’s office dropped the bombshell just two days before the start of jury selection, getting an emergency hearing, scheduled for Thursday.

The motion takes aim at Team Kobe’s testing of DNA found on the accuser’s underwear and body – which is at the heart of the defense claim that she had sex with another man hours after her encounter with Bryant.

Prosecutors said there was “contamination in some samples” tested by Technical Associates Inc., and that data appear “to have been whited out or otherwise manipulated.”

Some experts predict the late bid will fail, but ex-Eagle County prosecutor Dave Lugert said the results could get tossed if prosecutors show substantial contamination.



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