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Hearing Delayed For 2nd Dancer At Duke Lacrosse Party

Posted July 24, 2006
Updated January 7, 2007

— A hearing on a probation violation for a stripper who performed at a Duke University lacrosse team party where another dancer said she was raped was postponed on Monday until Sept. 25.

Kim Roberts and her lawyer Mark Simeon left the courthouse Monday without comment. Roberts, 31, was arrested on March 22 -- eight days after the March 13 party -- on a probation violation from a 2001 conviction for embezzling $25,000 from a photofinishing company in Durham, where she worked as a payroll specialist.

According to court documents, Roberts failed to pay restitution to her former employer, missed appointments with her probation officer and left North Carolina without permission.

During a court appearance in Durham two months ago, Roberts made an obscene gesture at a news camera and stuck out her tongue.

In an interview with police, Roberts called the rape charges a "crock" and said she was with the accuser for almost every moment of the party, according to a motion filed by one defendant's attorneys. In an April interview with the Associated Press, Roberts said she didn't see a rape but believed something happened beyond underage drinking.

A grand jury has indicted three lacrosse players on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense. Defense attorneys have proclaimed the players' innocence.

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