Posted April 11, 2006 -- In the latest chapter of the Duke University rape scandal, attorneys for members of the school’s lacrosse team say that DNA results prove their clients had nothing to do with the alleged rape of a Black exotic dancer last month.
“No DNA material from any young man was present on the body of this complaining woman,” said defense attorney Wade Smith.
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The alleged victim, a 27-year-old North Carolina Central University student, told police that she and another woman were hired to dance at a party the team held on March 13. She said three men there dragged her to the bathroom, choked her and raped her as they yelled racial slurs.
Because the woman said her attackers were White, 46 of the 47 players on Duke’s lacrosse team were ordered to submit DNA samples to authorities. The team’s sole Black player was not tested.
So far, no charges have been filed in the case.
There have been widespread protests in North Carolina surrounding the alleged assault.
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