News| Duke Rape Case | Attorney Tells Duke Accuser's Family to Chill Out

News| Duke Rape Case | Attorney Tells Duke Accuser's Family to Chill Out

Published February 11, 2008

Posted May 18, 2006 – A Durham attorney says the family of the woman who told police she was gang-raped and beaten by three Duke lacrosse players should chill out with talking to the media.

"It's created problems," said Mark Simeon, the lawyer representing 31-year-old Kim Roberts, the other stripper hired to dance at a March 13 off-campus lacrosse party. "They have been inadvertently hurting their daughter."

Simeon said he would like to represent the accuser also but would need to put a stop to the family's almost daily availability to the media, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., reported.

The accuser, a 27-year-old exotic dancer and North Carolina Central University student, said three White men pulled her into a bathroom and raped her during the party. Roberts, who told police she did not witness a sexual assault, says she believes her fellow dancer was raped.

The three men, 23-year-old David Evans of Bethesda, Md., Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., and 20-year-old Reade Seligmann, have all been charged with first-degree, forcible rape.

For weeks now, members of the accuser’s family have appeared on news programs and talk shows, offering purported details of the alleged assault. 

On Wednesday, the accuser's mother told reporters that she was done talking to the media and would be referring all questions to Simeon.

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