10 Least Trusted Celebrities list

Slideshow posted in Entertainment News | Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 of 10: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team is No. 10 on on the list of least trusted personalities in the United States, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, whose results were released in August 2011.

About 40 percent of people rated him below average in terms of being someone they trust.

Bryant, NBA's Most Valuable Player of 2008, was the center of a cheating scandal in 2003. His marriage to wife Vanessa Bryant endured a messy trial when the he was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old female hotel worker. Bryant denied her allegations and later said the two had had consensual sex. the case was dropped after she refused to testify.

The scandal placed a noticeable dent in the athlete's image, but his wife supported him and the two, who have two daughters, remain together.

(Pictured: Kobe Bryant appears in a photo from a Los Angeles Lakers game versus the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 3, 2007.) ( Photo / flickr.com/photos/62524954@N08/)