It cannot be discounted that one of the major motivation why the case has been pursued and then later agreed to be dropped due to amicable settlement is the economic power of Bryant. This can be interpreted in two ways. First, the sex was consensual and Katelyn Faber sued Bryant hoping that he would settle and then profit from it. Second, if the sex was not consensual, Bryant used his economic power to silence Faber.
Bryant, being a celebrity is hostage to the opinion of the media. He has to look good because he endorse products not to mention that his image will affect his status as a star player. Thus, his settlement can be interpreted as an avoidance from the testimony that he has to make at a deposition that would reveal explicit details of his personal sex life and undermining his status as a celebrity in the