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    and injured before she arrived at the lacrosse team party


    Attorney: Photos will show dancer was injured, impaired when she arrived at lacrosse team party

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Time-stamped photographs will show an exotic dancer was already injured and "very impaired" when she arrived at a party where she claims she was raped by members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team, an attorney for one of the players said Sunday.

    Durham attorney Bill Thomas said some of the photographs, taken when she arrived at the house, indicate the woman was injured before getting to the party March 13. They show extensive bruises and scrapes on her legs, especially around the knees, he said.

    "This young lady was substantially impaired. She had fallen several times during the course of the evening," Thomas said.

    He declined to identify the player he represents and said he would not release the photos, taken by at least two cameras, until pending DNA tests are completed.

    He also wouldn't say whether the photos were taken by a lacrosse team member or someone else; court documents have indicated that only team members were present at the party.

    No one has been charged in the case, but the allegations that members of the nearly all-white team raped the woman, a black student at a nearby university, have rocked both Duke and Durham.

    The allegations have led to the resignation of coach Mike Pressler, the cancellation of the lacrosse season and the suspension of one player from school.

    Several dozen people gathered Sunday outside the house where the party took place, and pledged to return each Sunday until the case is resolved.

    "Whether I want to believe it, or whether you want to believe it, something took place in there," said Johnny Williamson, 36, of Durham. "Something indecent took place."

    District Attorney Mike Nifong, who was expected to return this week from an out-of-town conference and has not commented on the case in the past several days, has said previously he is confident a rape occurred. Court documents said a medical exam of the alleged victim found injuries consistent with sexual assault.

    The victim has not returned repeated messages seeking comment, but her father said Sunday she hasn't changed her story.

    "I expect them to say that," he said of the lawyers' contentions his daughter is lying.

    The woman and the other dancer arrived separately, Thomas said, and performed briefly before leaving. The victim told police she and the other dancer left because they feared for their safety, but were later convinced to come back inside.

    Thomas said the photos contradict the alleged victim's assertion she was scared, as they show her standing at the door of the off-campus house with "a major grin on her face" as she tried to get back inside.

    "People inside the house have stated she was banging on the door, attempting to regain entry," Thomas said.

    The woman told police she was pulled into a bathroom and assaulted after coming back into the house. But Thomas said the woman locked herself in the bathroom, where police later found her purse, cell phone, and several artificial fingernails she claimed to have lost during a struggle with her attackers.

    Thomas said one of the attorneys representing team members had interviewed the other dancer extensively, and she said the alleged victim never told her about a rape.

    "All of these statements you've heard ... about this brutal assault, rape, kidnapping and robbery which occurred, I believe that the public will soon be able to learn the truth, and that these allegations are totally false and without merit," Thomas said.

    Both the team's captains and attorneys for team members have said the DNA tests, which may be completed this week, will prove the allegation are false. The players' attorneys also have raised other questions about the allegations, saying e-mails written in the hours after the alleged attack will help prove the players' claims that nothing happened that night.

    Attorneys also have raised suspicions about a 911 call, made shortly after the alleged attack would have occurred, from a black woman who claimed someone at the party shouted racial slurs at her and a friend. The caller alternatively told police the pair were driving and walking past the house. Thomas said Sunday he and other attorneys believe the second dancer at the party made the call.

    "These young men have been absolutely vilified in the press," Thomas said. "I think this week we will go a long ways toward clearing these young men's names. I can assure you that this has been a nightmare for each and every one of them."

    AP National Writer Allen G. Breed contributed to this report.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slu...v=ap&type=lgns

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    cnn reported this morning that the dna tests are supposed to be released this afternoon also.

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    • #3
      Interesting twist of events.
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      • #4
        Sounds like this chick is lookin for a payday, She is a stripper so theres no telling how low she'll go to get money, But we'll see what happens as this unfolds.
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        • #5
          I really think they're trying to overplay the race card in this case...same with the cynthia mckinney case.
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          I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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          • #6
            DNA tests show no match, attorneys say
            Exotic dancer had told police she was raped at Duke lacrosse party

            DURHAM, N.C. - DNA testing failed to connect any members of the Duke University lacrosse team to the alleged rape of a striper, attorneys for the athletes said Monday.

            Citing DNA test results delivered by the state crime lab to police and prosecutors a few hours earlier, the attorneys said the test results prove their clients did not sexually assault and beat a stripper hired to perform at a March 13 team party.

            No charges have been filed in the case.

            “No DNA material from any young man was present on the body of this complaining woman,” said defense attorney Wade Smith.

            The alleged victim, a 27-year-old student at nearby North Carolina Central University, told police she and another woman were hired to dance at the party. The woman told police that three men at the party dragged her into a bathroom, choked her, raped her and sodomized her.

            Authorities ordered 46 of the 47 players on Duke’s lacrosse team to submit DNA samples to investigators. Because the woman said her attackers were white, the team’s sole black player was not tested.

            District Attorney Mike Nifong stopped speaking with reporters last week after initially talking openly about the case, including stating publicly that he was confident a crime occurred. He went on to say he would have other evidence to make his case should the DNA analysis prove inconclusive or fail to match a member of the team.

            Smith said Nifong now has the evidence needed to change his mind.

            “He doesn’t have to do it,” Smith said of filing charges. “He is a man with discretion. He doesn’t have to do it, and we hope that he won’t.”

            http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12241326/

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            • #7
              Man that bitch ruined their whole season. Just cus she wanted to make some money.
              Chicago Bears = NFC champions 2006

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              • #8
                i already made a seperate thread of the dna ~_~
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                I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tweek
                  Sounds like this chick is lookin for a payday, She is a stripper so theres no telling how low she'll go to get money, But we'll see what happens as this unfolds.

                  looks like u were right.....damn...what a grimey b!tch...i'm not even gonna lie,i was starting to think those lacrosse players actually raped that girl,and now look?....I hope they turn around and file a civil suit against her gold diggin ass,for defamation of character...this whole thing was unnecessary.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sha_dy2003
                    cnn reported this morning that the dna tests are supposed to be released this afternoon also.
                    yeh i caught that

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