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Duke lacrosse accuser again charged with assaulting boyfriend

Posted April 4, 2011

— For the second time in 14 months, the Durham woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape has been charged with assaulting a man with whom she was living.

Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged Sunday with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. A judge set a $300,000 bond for her on Monday.

Police said Mangum stabbed Reginald Daye, 46, in the torso with a kitchen knife during a dispute at 3507 Century Oaks Drive early Sunday.

Daye was taken to Duke University Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, and Mangum was arrested in a nearby apartment.

His condition was unknown Monday, although friends said he is recovering from his wound.

"If you do get out of jail, you're to have nothing to do with the victim at this time," District Judge Nancy Gordon told Mangum during a brief court hearing. "Stay away from him. Don't text him. Don't Facebook him. Don't have somebody do it on your behalf. Stay away means stay away."

Jackie Wagstaff, a former member of the Durham County Board of Education and the Durham City Council who is a Mangum supporter, said Mangum isn't a flight risk and should be eligible for a lower bond.

"If she were a flight risk, she would be gone. She's gone through two traumatic situations, and she hasn't left Durham yet," Wagstaff said.

A man who said he was Daye's nephew called 911 to report the stabbing, saying it occurred while Daye and his girlfriend were arguing about rent money. The caller said police came to the apartment complex earlier while the couple argued, but the stabbing occurred after the officers left.

When asked for a description of the girlfriend, the caller said, "It's Crystal Mangum. THE Crystal Mangum."

He then added, "I told him she was trouble from the beginning."

Crystal Mangum in court Duke lacrosse accuser again charged with assaulting boyfriend

In March 2006, Mangum claimed three white players on the Duke lacrosse team trapped her inside a bathroom at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where she was performing as a stripper at a team party, and raped and sexually assaulted her.

Her story about the incident was so inconsistent that state officials later declared the players innocent, saying there was no credible evidence against them.

Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was later disbarred for withholding DNA evidence from defense attorneys in the case.

The three lacrosse players and some of their former teammates are suing Nifong and a police investigator, claiming their rights were violated during the case.

In February 2010, police arrested Mangum after an altercation between her and a different boyfriend. In that incident, she was accused of assaulting the man in front of her children and setting some of his clothes on fire.

She was later convicted of child abuse, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer in the case, but prosecutors dismissed an arson charge after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.

Friends said Mangum and her children moved in with Daye shortly after the couple started dating and that she was paying part of the rent on the apartment. Her supporters said that her children weren't with her early Sunday. They declined to say where the children are, only that they are safe.

"A lot of stuff went through my head (when I heard about her arrest), but the reality of it is, like I said, it's just hearsay," Wagstaff said . "At this point, it's just hearsay because I don't know what the story is."

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  • OSX Apr 4, 5:51 p.m.

    The Duke boys are going to get a big payday in this lawsuit. Unfortunately, it is going to be at the tax payers expense. Look at the stupid people we put in high positions to rule us. Yes, I mean rule. We the citizens are the stupid ones. We are stupid sheep that just go with what feels good.

  • Apr 4, 5:32 p.m.

    I wonder what N&O columnist Barry Saunders thinks now about hitching his horse to this wacko wagon. You know, he's never apologized to the Duke Lacrosse team members for falsely accusing them of raping poor Ms. Mangum. Ruth Sheehan did. But Saunders never did.

  • chattycat Apr 4, 5:27 p.m.

    rayrayjay17: Stop with the rage! If you don't like it, don't read it. No one is forcing you, really. This woman is a piece of work, needs to go to the slammer for a very long time. Maybe this time will do it.

  • dmccall Apr 4, 5:26 p.m.

    This is her FOURTH (at least) high-profile run-in with the law. How in the world did this guy think it was a good idea to get involved with here?

  • rayrayjay17 Apr 4, 5:23 p.m.

    WRAL!!! CAN'T YOU FIND SOMETHING ELSE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS MESS. THAT'S ALL I HEAR FROM YOU!! I, FOR ONE; AM TIRED OF SEEING HER FACE!! MY GOD!! GIVE ME A BREAK. YOU MUST HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THIS STORY!!

  • gagal Apr 4, 5:19 p.m.

    I feel for the kids... What a life they have had. They don't need to be around this kind of stuff

  • rayrayjay17 Apr 4, 5:19 p.m.

    enuff of this mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • delilahk2000 Apr 4, 5:17 p.m.

    GOLO, NOT ONE THING WRONGT WITH THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT A WASTE OF TIME ON THIS USELESS STORY AND USE LESS PERSON. WE HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN HER....SHE HAS MADE HER BED NOW SHE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.

  • raysson Apr 4, 5:17 p.m.

    Was a month ago that she was in jail for a serious offense and got off scott free. Now she's back in jail for the same offense?

    Didn't you learn your lesson Crystal Mangum the first time you went in or didn't you learn anything at all! It's been almost five years since the Lacrosse case,and what had we learned?

  • tedl Apr 4, 5:16 p.m.

    Wagstaff, you're unbelievable.

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