Gayle King has received death threats over promos for interview with Kobe Bryant’s friend
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Gayle King has been receiving death threats after her interview with WNBA player Lisa Leslie, who was a friend of the late Kobe Bryant.
CBS has been promoting the interview all week, with some material emphasizing the 2003 sexual assault case against Bryant.
That’s left fans upset that the network is stirring up those memories so soon after after the retired NBA player’s death.
The revelations came during an interview with King’s friend, Oprah Winfrey, on “Today with Hoda and Jenna” Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Winfrey also said that King has not been sleeping well.
King, meanwhile, posted a video to Instagram saying the promo clip is taken out of context and that her interview with Leslie included a variety of topics about Bryant’s life and career.
King did not appear on “CBS This Morning” Friday, though it’s not immediately clear if this was due to the threats.
Sources told The New York Post that King has beefed up her personal security.
The 2003 allegations against Bryant were settled out of court in 2005.