Duke Lacrosse Accuser Writes Memoir

WRAL-TV (Raleigh), August 21, 2008

The woman at the center of the scandal that rocked Duke University, Durham and the lives of the three lacrosse players she accused of raping her is coming out with a book.

“The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story” is scheduled for publication in early October, according to Vincent Clark, a representative for Fire! Products Inc., a film studio that is representing her.

Magnum will donate $1 from the purchase of each book to help battered women, Clark said.

Crystal Gail Mangum was a student enrolled at North Carolina Central University in March 2006 and also worked as an exotic dancer when she performed at a party hosted by several Duke lacrosse players.

It was at that party, Mangum alleged, that 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.

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According to a news release Thursday, published reports portrayed Mangum as “a gold-digging hooker searching for a big payday or as an unstable, troubled young woman.”

“The truth about Crystal’s life, her account of what happened on March 13, 2006, accusations and the motives of the people criticizing her were never seriously explored,” the release said.”

A divorced mother of three, Mangum hasn’t spoken publicly about the case, other than granting a single interview in the early days of the investigation.

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The attorney general’s office—which never pursued a case against Mangum, saying she likely believed the allegations—declined to comment Friday.

Clark said Mangum, who graduated last spring from NCCU, is still living in Raleigh and is looking into law or graduate school.

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