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Accuser in Duke lacrosse case graduates

Posted May 19, 2008

— The woman at the center of the 2006 scandal that rocked Duke University, Durham and the lives of the three men she accused of raping her is among the Class of 2008.

Crystal Gail Mangum graduated from North Carolina Central University, a college spokeswoman said Monday.

Mangum worked as an exotic dancer in March 2006, when she performed at a party hosted by several Duke lacrosse players.

It was at that party, Mangum alleged, three white members of the team trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her.

David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann were later indicted on the allegations.

The claims also launched a local and national debate about race, politics, ethics and privilege.

Then-District Attorney Mike Nifong dismissed rape charges against the men December 2006 after Mangum said was not certain a rape occurred. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed remaining charges of sexual assault and kidnapping in April 2007 and declared the former players innocent.

Cooper never pursued a case against Mangum saying she likely believed the allegations.

A divorced mother of three, Mangum hasn't spoken publicly since granting a single interview in the early days of the case.


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  • UNC81 May 21, 2008

    I agree with others that this degrades the reputation of an NCCU degree. On a totally different topic, she should be in prison for falsely accusing the Duke players, costing them and the rest of the lacrosse team their reputations, and the obscene amount of taxpayer money they wasted on her lies. Where is justice in this country?

  • redant May 21, 2008

    Good for her. Now maybe this stripper/comforter/caregiver can move forward into society and make an honest contribution.

  • ctechic2004 May 20, 2008

    So what? She got her degree. Did anything that she did or did not do (which still depends on who you ask) hurt anyone who is posting cruel and negative things on this site? I doubt it. She has gone on with her life and the "good old" boys from Duke has gone on with their life, so should everybody else. Should the two players who had assault charges against them been expelled, should the whole team been expelled for having the party and having underage drinking? If one should have been expelled for their unlawful(matter of personal opinion) then it should also apply to the "good old" boys of Duke.

  • NCMOMof3 May 20, 2008

    FE, I went to that website and read the article. An extremely well written article that in no way detracted from the hard work and intelligence of the majority of the students at NCCU. It just simply states that the practice of the college of allowing students such as this to continue their education at their institution has taken away the value of the hard work of these other students and the general view of the public of students coming from a university that will support this type of behavior can not be good. I was taught that you are known by the reputation of the company you keep. This saying will now hold true for the good students of NCCU

  • FE May 20, 2008

    To clarify my earlier post of yesterday that got garbled:


    "And that's what makes Mangum's latest milestone so infuriating: It demeans the accomplishments of thousands of hard-working, law-abiding (NCCU) Eagles who also graduated this May.

    A Duke student committing even a fraction of those crimes would have been summarily expelled; being accused of them would be enough for an emergency suspension."

    Go to http://www.dukechronicle.com/home/ and look for "Opinion" section, written by Kristin Butler in the May 15 edition. (You may need to search if the main page has been updated.)

    The title of the article is "Summa 123 Loony" with "123" being the three-letter word than normally appears between "magna" and "laude" for the best college graduates. That Latin phrase apparently will not survive the word filters on these boards.

    My apologies for all of the unwwarranted confusion.


  • NCMOMof3 May 20, 2008

    I'm just curious if iamforjustice would honestly be proud if his/her daughters followed in this woman's footsteps. We love our children in spite of their mistakes, and they all make 'em, but I'm proud of my children for their accomplishments and when they own up to their responsibility when they make mistakes (and they do) and whey they do what they can to make those mistakes right. I'm not blaming this woman for what she was doing to try to make a living and go to school, nor am I blaming her for making a mistake. But once the mistake had been made, own up to it. Make it right. Say "I was wrong and I'm sorry. What can I do to make it better?" would sure go a long way. To say someone is proud of her for being a graduating liar that will now enter the workforce to be a working liar, I just can't stomach it.

  • FE May 19, 2008

    Hoping the reviewer will allow web links, the title of this article is "(I had to delete it!)"


    You will FIRST have to replace ABC in the link with the three-letter word that normally comes between summa and laude for the best college graduates.

    Excerpt: "And that's what makes (her) latest milestone so infuriating: It demeans the accomplishments of thousands of hard-working, law-abiding Eagles who also graduated this May."

  • Bartmansan May 19, 2008

    Can't Understand News Television

  • FE May 19, 2008

    With all due respect to the graduates of NCCU, giving this woman a degree (she should have been kicked out of school!) really degrades any "value" that the outside world might possibly see in a degree from NCCU.

  • Eduardo1 May 19, 2008

    ncrunner I am with you. This is not news!