Duke Rape Accuser Stands By Her Story

Crystal Mangum releases book on her life and ordeal
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 5:51 PM CDT
Duke Rape Accuser Stands By Her Story
Crystal Mangum's publisher and co-author Vincent Clark advises her in Durham, N.C., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

(Newser) – The woman at the center of the dismissed Duke rape case still insists she was assaulted, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. As she promoted her new self-published book, The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story, the former escort service dancer asserted "without equivocation" that members of the lacrosse team assaulted her. Now she says she wants to help others with her story, but an opposing attorney isn't buying it.

The players were cleared after it was revealed that the district attorney withheld DNA evidence exonerating them. One of their lawyers described Mangum’s foray into publishing as “really pathetic,” arguing that "what she's continuing to do by lying is continuing to hurt people, including women who really are victims of sexual assault. She's clearly doing this to make money."
(Read more Duke lacrosse stories.)

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