February 18, 2010 10:10 AM
Crystal Mangum, Stripper Who Falsely Accused Duke Lacrosse Players, Charged with Attempted Murder
DURHAM, N.C. (CBS/AP) Four years ago, Crystal Gale Mangum falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. Now, the former exotic dancer is being charged with attempted murder, arson and a host of other charges after she was arrested late Wednesday.
Photo: Crystal Gale Mangum mug shot.
North Carolina police responding to a domestic violence call found Mangum and her boyfriend Milton Walker, 33, fighting. Mangum scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker and told him, "I'm going to stab you, (expletive)!" according to police documents obtained by CBS affiliate WRAL.
Photo: Reade Seligmann, David Evans, and Collin Finnerty were falsely accused of raping Mangum in 2006.
Police also said Mangum went into the bathroom and set some clothes on fire.
Three kids were in the house but no one was hurt.
The full list of charges against Mangum include attempted murder, arson, assault and battery, identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer and child endangerment, according to Durham County jail records.
In 2006, Mangum, then a North Carolina Central University student earning money as a stripper, said that three Duke lacrosse players raped her during a party. Those allegations were eventually found to be false. The prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was disbarred for pushing the case too far too fast and served a day in jail for contempt.
Mangum went on to write a book, "Last Dance for Grace."
Perhaps the dance isn't over quite yet.
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