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Friday, June 9, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: The Overworked Sex Worker

updated: 2:50 p.m, June 9, 2006

A deluge of information about Crystal Gail Mangum's medical condition and her activities in the days and hours before the Duke lacrosse party.

Thursday, Reade Seligmann's lawyers submitted a sworn statement describing parts of the medical examination and filed 23 pages of medical records under seal.

Tne News & Observer reported

The lawyers argued that the records Nifong gave defense lawyers undercut [Durham police investigator Benjamin W.] Himan's claims:

  • The accuser told the examining nurse she was not choked.

  • The only physical trauma found by the nurse, who was in training, was the scratch and cut.

  • The accuser told two doctors that she was assaulted vaginally and mentioned no other assault. She denied being hit.

  • The nurse's pelvic examination found swelling in the vagina but no other injuries.

  • The nurse made no conclusions or opinions about rape or sexual assault in her report.

  • Nurses generally do not make such conclusions, said Debbie Flowers, an assistant supervisor at UNC Hospitals.

    Seligmann's attorneys argued that the woman's activities before the party explain the swelling.

    The woman told police that during the weekend before she had an appointment with a couple at a hotel where she used a sex toy on herself.

    Overworked Sex Worker:

    The timeline of Ms. Mangum's activities before the Duke lacrosse party is also being filled in. Describing Crystal Gail Mangum as a sex worker is 100% accurate based on this new information. In fact, she was an overworked intoxicated sex worker when she went to the Duke lacrosse house.
    Her driver, Jarriel Johnson of Raleigh, gave police a handwritten sworn statement on April 6 that detailed his time with her.

    Two days before the party, Johnson said he drove the woman to an hourlong appointment at the Holiday Inn Express in Wakefield. At 11 p.m., Johnson said, he drove her to Platinum, a strip club in Hillsborough. The woman twice asked him to stay another hour, he wrote. At 4:30 a.m., Johnson said, he drove her to an hourlong job at the Millennium Hotel near Duke University.

    The next night, Johnson said, he drove her to Raleigh "to find this guy she met." They checked into a hotel near Lane Street, bought Chinese food and waited for the man to call. Johnson said he left at midnight. When he came back the next morning, Johnson said, he waited in his car while the accuser performed for an older man in the hotel room.

    Later that day, Johnson said, he was taking the accuser to her parents' house in Durham when she asked him to stop so she could go to the bathroom. "She got out of the car and started walking down Creedmoor Rd.," Johnson wrote. "I pulled my car over and got out to chase her down. She told me to leave her alone."

    Johnson said he asked several times before she climbed back in the car. The two reached Johnson's home about 4:30 p.m.

    Johnson said he wasn't able to drive that evening; the accuser told Johnson that another friend, Brian Taylor of Durham, would drive her to a bachelor party in Durham, the lacrosse party.

    Precious became 'crazy'

    Ms. Pittman AKA Ms. Roberts refers to Crystal Gail Mangum as "Precious" in her statement to police. Ms. Pittman said, "Precious became 'crazy' and eventually passed out and had to be carried to Pittman's car by some of the Duke athletes."

    The Herald-Sun reported:
    The statement from Pittman [Roberts] attached to the motion said the accuser became "uncontrollable" at the party and did not want to leave after one lacrosse player allegedly said he would use a broomstick on them if they hadn't brought sex toys.

    Pittman said she left the party at that point, but the accuser stayed behind. Later, the second dancer came to the car, but went back to the house "because she felt there was more money to be made," Pittman wrote in her statement.

    While changing from her dancing outfit into her clothes, Pittman says in her statement, the lacrosse players came to the car and told her the second dancer had passed out "and the fellas may have been ready for the evening to be over."

    After that, the statement said, the lacrosse players carried the accuser back to the car, and Pittman locked the woman inside while Pittman "went back up to the house to try and retrieve her (the other dancer's) bag. I looked around . . . and we didn't see anything so I said I've done all I could and went back to my car" and left, at which time the players yelled racial slurs and she called 911 to report the behavior.

    Nikki ripped off Precious?

    Ms. Mangum also made allegations against Ms. Roberts/Pittman/Nikki. ABC 11 reported:
    The accuser told the nurse that Roberts assisted players in the alleged sexual assault and that the second dancer stole her money and property, the motion said.

    Shocking! Who'd have guessed one sex worker would steal from another? TJN - "Who Robbed Crystal Gail Mangum?"

    Filing disputes lacrosse probe [newsobserver.com, June 9, 2006]
    Defense Lawyers cite omitted items [herald-sun.com, June 8, 2006]
    Filing: 2nd dancer called Duke accuser's story a 'crock'[cnn.com, June 9, 2006]
    Police: Dancer Called Rape Allegation a 'Crock' [abc11tv.com, June 8, 2006]

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