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Duke, Lacrosse Players Reach Settlement

Posted June 18, 2007

— Duke University officials announced Monday that the school has reached a settlement with three former lacrosse players who were wrongfully accused of sexual assault.

Terms of the settlement between Duke and David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann weren't disclosed.

The three men were charged with kidnapping and sexual assault after exotic dancer Crystal Gail Mangum told police she was attacked by some players in March 2006 while performing as a stripper at a lacrosse team party.

Evans graduated before he was indicted in the case, but Finnerty and Seligmann were forced to leave school. Both were invited to return to class in January, after a rape charge against them was dismissed and the other charges were in doubt, but neither did.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed all charges against the men in April and declared them innocent, saying there was no credible evidence that any assault occurred at the lacrosse party.

"These young men and their families have been the subject of intense scrutiny that has taken a heavy toll," Duke said in a statement. "The Board of Trustees and the president have also determined that it is in the best interests of the Duke community to eliminate the possibility of future litigation and move forward. For these reasons, and after considerable deliberation, the trustees have agreed to a settlement with each student."

"We hope that today’s resolution will begin to bring the Duke family back together again, and we look forward to working with the university to develop and implement initiatives that will prevent similar injustices and ensure that the lessons of the last year are never forgotten," the players said in the statement.

Earlier this year, Duke reached a settlement with Mike Pressler, who was forced to resign as lacrosse coach shortly after the sexual assault allegations were made. Terms of that agreement also weren't disclosed, but a school official called it, "a fair financial settlement."


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  • Concerned Jun 19, 2007

    I am happy for these young men. They were declared innocent, everybody knows this, the word is out and they have been completely exonerated. What a shame the other innocent 500,000 or so have not been cleared and they may never be cleared. These 3 men are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to injustice!

  • kpcbutterfly Jun 19, 2007

    I agree with greg234. I don't feel sorry for anybody involved. These boys were wrong for hiring the strippers. The stripper is just wrong period. Nothing good could come out of a situation like that. So as far as I'm concerned they were all asking for trouble. Even though I don't think these boys raped that girl, I hardly feel like they're the innocent upstanding young men everybody is trying to make them out to be. They're lives aren't ruined - they have their life, their freedom, and have been declared innocent. Time to move on....

  • richard2 Jun 19, 2007

    Will we ever know how much Duke payed out because they didn't wait until the facts were known?

  • ITLAWYER Jun 19, 2007

    This whole issue was such a crock all the way down to the unwarranted settlement. It has BS written all over it.

  • ussstink Jun 18, 2007

    Sanebrain, which you may not be, the team did not know the police had targeted the stripper's as prostitutes. You say if you bing shame to Duke's reputation you can be in trouble, how about Mr. JJ Redick? Drunk driving, running from a roadblock-He was allowed to stay in school. The strippers were brought into a PRIVATE residence, not a public one. So the players/college students drank beer and hired a couple of strippers and you think they should have been kicked out-there is a problem with that as MANY Duke students do the same thing, especially drink alcohol! Close the school because students are drinking! No one, except for Redick, associated with the hallowed bball team drinks, we assume.

  • many moons Jun 18, 2007

    ok we all know what happen in this case , lets more on to something else, its not like somebody got kill or anything its been over a year dont wont read about anymore.

  • choppa Jun 18, 2007

    For those of you who keep crying about Al and Jesse coming to Durham to apologize to anyone.....I'm at a loss for words. Just what color is the sky in your world?

  • gob_gobbler Jun 18, 2007

    They spent 3 million? Poor me couldn't have spent $10,000.00 on a defense lawyer without a lot of borrowing. Would it have turned out the same if they couldn't afford it? How long would it have taken for justice to be served? Never? Would Niflong still be working.......probably. Glad they could afford it. They deserve every penny they can get. BTW-Where is Jesse now?!!! How about the coach?!!! I hope the coach is getting a lawyer, and a book deal.

  • FragmentFour Jun 18, 2007

    MayberryDreamin--Rumor has it that the NC Bar Association is going to discredit and rescind Duke U.'s Law School accreditation.


  • ranquick Jun 18, 2007

    The "group of 88" need to do a Public Apology. One simple Value our Fore Fathers gave us and Justice is suppose to provide us as Citizen is this, "You are "innocent until proven guity", these guys were guity before ANYTHING was proven. That in itself shows the former Durham DA did not care SQUAT about JUSTICE!!!!!