Duke University Lacrosse Team Rape Scandal

David Evans (R), 23-years-old, stands alongside fellow teammates during a media conference outside the Durham County Detention Center after being indicted on sexual assault charge.

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On March 13, 2006, members of the Duke University lacrosse team held a party at an off-campus house and hired two strippers to perform, specifically requesting that they be white or Hispanic. When neither of the two dancers that showed up was white, they apparently became the target of racial slurs by some of the players. One of the dancers later claimed she was raped in a bathroom by three of the team members.

Timeline of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal

  • April 11, 2006

No DNA match was found in the Duke lacrosse scandal.

  • April 20, 2006

The Duke rape suspects were suspended and their rooms searched.

  • April 28, 2006

Durham police did not believe the accuser after they learned she had claimed rape in the past.

  • May 13, 2006

The long-awaited second round of DNA testing results returned the same results as the first round, with no conclusive match to any member of the team.

  • May 15, 2006

A senior captain of the Duke University lacrosse team was indicted by a grand jury on the same charges facing two other team members in connection with a stripper's allegations that she was raped.

  • May 19, 2006

After one of the Duke University lacrosse team members was verbally accosted by a heckler in the courtroom, his attorney was told by the judge that there would be no speedy trial for their client.

  • June 9, 2006

The second dancer at the Duke lacrosse team party told police when she was first interviewed that rape accusations made by the other stripper were a "crock" and she was with her the entire evening.

  • June 18, 2006

Attorneys for one of the Duke University lacrosse players raised new questions concerning public statements about the case made by the district attorney, who they said commented on medical records that he had apparently not even seen at that point.

  • July 17, 2006

Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong told a judge that every member of the Duke University lacrosse team is a potential witness in the rape case, which is why he wanted access to their student ID card records and their home addresses.

  • October 13, 2006

Kim Roberts, the second exotic dancer at the party, said she saw no signs of injury or trauma to the alleged victim, saying "she obviously wasn't hurt...because she was fine."

  • October 30, 2006

Just when you thought the case could not take another strange twist, the second dancer dropped another bombshell on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the district attorney prosecuting the case admitted during a court hearing that he never even discussed the facts of the case with the accuser.

  • December 13, 2006

Attorneys for the Duke University lacrosse team players filed a motion accusing prosecutors of withholding DNA evidence that clears their clients.

  • December 15, 12006

Four family members of the woman who accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her reported that she gave birth, but Mike Nifong said she was not due until February.

  • December 22, 2006

Mike Nifong dropped rape charges against three members of the Duke University lacrosse team, but they still faced kidnapping and sexual offense charges in the case.

  • December 29, 2006

The State Bar of North Carolina filed ethics charges against Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong for making misleading and inflammatory statements to the press about the three accused players.

  • January 13, 2007

One day after it was revealed that the accuser in the case changed her story once again, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong asked the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over so that he could be recused from the case.

  • January 14, 2007

The mother of one of the Duke University lacrosse players says district attorney Mike Nifong "picked on the wrong families" and would pay for it.

  • January 24, 2007

The former prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team case was accused by the North Carolina state bar of more serious ethics charges, including withholding evidence from the defense, lying to the court, and lying to the bar investigators.

  • February 7, 2007

Two of the members of the Durham, North Carolina grand jury that indicted three Duke University lacrosse team members told ABC that they are not so sure they would vote to indict again.

  • April 11, 2007

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said that all remaining kidnapping and sexual offense charges against three members of the Duke University lacrosse team had been dismissed.

  • June 17, 2007

A North Carolina State Bar disciplinary committee voted to disbar Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong 24 hours after he announced he would resign his post and an hour after he told the panel he would surrender his license to practice law.

  • October 5, 2007

Three former Duke University lacrosse players filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after settlement negotiations with the city of Durham broke down. The lawsuit sought punitive and compensatory damages, along with reforms in the way criminal cases are handled by the police department and the prosecutor's office.

  • February 18, 2010

The woman who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of raping her at a team party faced multiple charges as a result of an apparent domestic dispute with her boyfriend. Crystal Gale Mangum was charged with attempted murder, arson, identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer, and child abuse.

  • December 18, 2010

The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006 was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse and criminal damage to property, but a mistrial was declared on a felony charge of arson. Crystal Mangum was found guilty of contributing to child abuse or neglect, damage to personal property, and resisting a police officer.

  • April 3, 2011

The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was held without bond in connection with the stabbing of her boyfriend. Crystal Mangum, 32, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, police said.

  • April 18, 2011

The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape was indicted for first-degree murder by a Durham grand jury. Crystal Mangum was also charged with two counts of larceny in connection with the death of 46-year-old Reginald Daye.

  • November 14, 2013

Testimony began in the murder trial of a North Carolina woman who once falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of raping her. Crystal Mangum went on trial for the April 3, 2010, stabbing death of her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in his Durham apartment.

  • November 22, 2013

The woman who falsely accused members of the Duke University lacrosse team of sexual assault was found guilty of second-degree murder of her boyfriend. Crystal Mangum was convicted of the stabbing death of Reginald Daye in his apartment in April 2011.