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Kobe Bryant stood tall last night as his Los Angeles Lakers took a 3-1 lead in the West Finals with a grueling road win at San Antonio.

Similarly, the website that claimed the NBA star had an affair with a Laker Girl named Vanessa Curry is refusing to back down under pressure.

Earlier this week, Bryant’s lawyer fired off a letter to, demanding that the post about Kobe and Vanessa Curry be taken down.

TheDirty claimed Kobe had an affair with Curry, 18, who has resigned her position with the Laker Girls – the Lakers’ cheerleaders.

Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers (left) prepares to nail a jumpshot. Bryant’s lawyer is denying that Kobe nailed cheerleader Vanessa Curry, however.

The site’s lawyers are firing back, claiming the story is in fact true, but even if it wasn’t, “because Mr. Bryant has previously publicly admitted to similar acts of infidelity… it seems unlikely that any jury would find ‘actual malice.'”

Those be fightin’ words!

Even better: The Dirty’s lawyers say the fact that Kobe Bryant‘s lawyer went and sent a demand letter regarding the matter “only increases the likelihood that this story will receive more attention than it already has.”

The Dirty’s lawyer then makes reference to “The Streisand effect” – when Barbara made a stink over photos of her beach pad taken from a helicopter and it just made everyone aware of where she lived.

What do you think? Did Kobe Bryant have an affair with Vanessa Curry? If he didn’t, should this site be forced to take down the story?