COMING FORWARD

Kevin Johnson Molestation Accuser Speaks

The woman who accused Kevin Johnson of molesting her when she was 15 has come forward. Mandi Koba, now 36, says she was paid $230,000 to never speak of the 1996 case again as the NBA player moved on and became mayor of Sacramento. “I’ve chosen to say what I want, fully aware of the consequences,” she told Deadspin. “I just felt like I wasn’t doing anything but protecting him.” Koba alleges that the two met while filming a PSA commercial about gun violence, but the mentor-mentee relationship evolved into one in which Johnson fondled her breasts and vagina. Koba’s therapist tipped off authorities, who tried to build a strong case and filed a report with prosecutors in Maricopa County, Arizona. A staffer in the district attorney’s office informed Koba that they would not prosecute due to a lack of evidence and “because of who he is,” according to Koba. Johnson has since been accused of several other incidents with underage girls.