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Bond reduced again for Duke lacrosse accuser

Posted April 15, 2010 6:19 p.m. EDT

— A judge on Thursday cut the bond for the woman who four years ago falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of raping her after prosecutors agreed to the lower amount.

Crystal Mangum was arrested in February and charged with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.

Police said she assaulted her boyfriend, Milton Walker, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.

Bond was initially set at $1 million, but it was subsequently lowered to $250,000. On Thursday, it was cut again to $100,000.

If she posts bond, Mangum is prohibited from from contacting Walker and would be on house arrest.

While a student at North Carolina Central University in 2006, Mangum worked as an exotic dancer and she performed at the now-infamous party for Duke lacrosse team members. She claimed three white players trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her.

The three players were indicted on rape and other charges on the basis of her allegations, but they were eventually exonerated after North Carolina's attorney general dismissed the charges.