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Duke Rape Accuser Made Similar Claim Ten Years Earlier

Ten years before the explosive claims of rape at an off-campus party of the Duke lacrosse team, the 27-year-old stripper at the center of the rape charges against Duke lacrosse players Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty made a similar claim to police in Creedmoor, N.C. WRAL reports:

CREEDMOOR, N.C. -- Creedmoor city officials held a news conference Friday morning in which they talked about a police report the accuser in the Duke lacrosse investigation made in 1996 about an alleged rape.


Mayor Darryl D. Moss and Chief Ted Pollard went over details that were in the police report that was filed by the accuser, but was never prosecuted.

They did not say why the complaint, which was about an alleged rape by three men in 1993, was not explored further. They said that they were not sure if it was because the accuser did not pursue the case.

The accuser was asked by police in 1996 to write and submit a chronological version of the events, but police could not say if it was ever submitted. It was not found in a search of police records.

"If the accuser did not pursue the case, that is the end of it," said Pollard, who added that he did not know if that was the case.

The Smoking Gun has the report.


Comments (9)

As a guy, I am probably una... (Below threshold)

As a guy, I am probably unable to fully understand the emotions and trauma caused by gang rape, but it seems to me that any woman who has been gang-raped would be rather hesitant to put herself back in a situation where that could happen again.

Being a stripper, working outside of a strip club, would have to be the number one worst profession for someone like that. Just my .02.

Day by day, this case seems... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Day by day, this case seems to turn in a new erection...er..er... direction.

You mean the accusations ar... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

You mean the accusations aren't true?

Why the hell is everybody r... (Below threshold)
Not Tony:

Why the hell is everybody reporting this story today, as if these prior allegations mean her story is more likely to be a fabrication?

It's pretty clear that she was in fact raped at 14 and her parents didn't support her in pursuing the case, because SHE'S A STRIPPER NOW.

It's really amazing that the mainstream media is so chauvenist to put out this "she made accusations before - silly dumb woman!" meme.

What a fraud, watch Her wri... (Below threshold)
frankfucszeroiq:

What a fraud, watch Her write a book and campaign for Kerry in the mold of Sheehan.

Hmmm.sigh.<p... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

sigh.

She makes an allegation 4 years after the fact and now "Not Tony" takes it as gospel.

I need a scotch.

Lawyers are lurking in ... (Below threshold)
Betty friedan:

Lawyers are lurking in the shadows for lucrative civil suit

A man stands in the shadows of the Duke Lacrosse 'rape' case...watching and waiting. While the three wealthy white students remains in criminal court, he is not likely to step forward.

Even at this early stage, the stripper's mother is "very much interested" in "getting Willie E. Gary is a litigator renowned for winning huge settlements.

The stripper's parents met with Gary in April. The meeting was facilitated by civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Gary acts as a family adviser, and the parents are laying groundwork to make a civil bid. Public opinion can be a large bargaining chip in obtaining a lucrative settlement. Earlier, the parents spoke freely; now they're being more media savvy.

Essence Magazine featured three articles by Kristal Brent Zook. Each is sympathetic to the accuser. (1st) "Family Defends Daughter's Painful Past", (2nd) "Nowhere to Turn," depicts the accuser as living in terror. (3rd) is basically an announcement of Willie Gary's appearance in the case; it concludes by stating that the parents "worry that their daughter may...need additional legal guidance."

Civil law deals in torts or harms inflicted by one person upon another; its purposes are compensation for actual or perceived damages.

A "guilty" verdict in criminal court can be used to establish liability in a civil one but if the verdict is "not guilty" or the charges are dropped, a civil case can proceed independently.

Kobe Bryant settled out-of-court settlement. Such settlements are not necessarily admissions of guilt. After months of media blitz, Bryant may have been embarrassed to settle, so civil suits could be lucrative even if the "accuser's" claim is completely fabricated. The Duke students will face the same choice?

Civil suits can be lucrative, and they're easier to win; standards of evidence and other legal protections enjoyed by a defendant are significantly lowered in civil court.

Clearly, her parents wish to explore a civil proceeding. Gary is conspicuously available.


The stripper originally ... (Below threshold)
Betty Friedan:

The stripper originally claimed that the second stripper helped with the rape!

Just when you think this case hit rock bottom, there's 50 feet of feminist crap, then you find a sub-basement.

If Mike Nifong doesn't get disbarred after this, then there really is a corrupt system in Durham that protects rich white guys.

AFFIDAVIT OF COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO SUPPRESS NON-TESTIMONIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

3 (b) The probable cause affidavit implies there is no question that [deleted] was sexually assaulted on March 14, 2006, at 610 N. Buchanan by three men. But three days before Investigator Himan signed his affidavit, March 20, 2006, at 10:10am., Investigator Himan interviewed Kim Pittman, the only eyewitness to the events of March 14, 2006, at 610 N. Buchanan. Before Ms. Pittman was granted extremely favorable bond consideration by District Attorney Nifon personally on april 17, 2006, she told investigator Himan [ deleted ] allegation that she was sexually assaulted was a "crock." Instead Investigator Himan alleged that [ deleted ] "reported that she was sexually assaulted for an approximate 30 minute period."

3 (e), (8) She told Investigator Himan first that she had consumed a 24 ounce bottle of beer and thereafter that she had consumed two twenty-two ounce Ice House beers. Finally, She told the S.A.N.E nurse in training that Kim Pittman assisted the players in her alleged sexual assault and that Kim Pittman stole all her "money and everything."

Ever since every sexist and... (Below threshold)
Betty Friedan:

Ever since every sexist and racist group descended onto Duke to publicly condemn these boys, I went into over drive trying to make people consider that these boys wouldn't have submitted to DNA testing if they were guilty, but since the 1st DNA evidence came back, I became more persistent and met equally persistent feminist (i.e. feministing, Rachael's Tavern, Alas a blog, Tennessee Guerrilla Women, Justice4Sisters, Hazel8500 etc...) who adamantly insist these boys are guilty for no other reason than because a "woman" (i.e. the stripper) claims it so.

I've noticed since then that most of feminist blogs have fallen silent as new evidence suggests that the stripper's claim to be false.

However, just when you think this case hit rock bottom, there's about 50 feet of crap, then you find a sub-basement where in the corner Mike Nifong is hunched over clutching this dead case like "Gulum" (movie: Lord of the Rings) clutches the "ring of power".

A great place to view that unbiased facts is:

http://www.dukebasketballreport.com/ourcall/index.cgi?501
http://johninnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2006/06/duke-lacrosse-newsweek-abandons.html
http://commonsensewonder.com/?p=738

I love this quote:

"If Mike Nifong doesn't get disbarred after this, then there really is a corrupt system in Durham that protects rich white guys. In Nifong's case - stupid rich white guys with transparent political agendas, but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Nifong can turn a pig's ear into a silk purse."




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