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Friday, April 21st 2006

I Saw Nothing!

Both sides are playing with people’s reputations and lives to better their position. The other stripper at the Duke lacrosse party has spoken out again and the defense has responded.

The attorneys claim [the other stripper] at first told a member of the defense team that she did not believe the accuser’s allegations. They say she has changed her story to gain favorable treatment in a criminal case against her. They note she also e-mailed a New York public relations firm, asking in her letter for advice on “how to spin this to my advantage.”

“We believe … her story has been motivated by her own self-interest,” said attorney Bill Thomas, who represents one of the uncharged players. “I think that a jury will ultimately have to decide the question of her credibility.”

[The other stripper], Roberts, 31, was arrested on March 22 — eight days after the party — on a probation violation from a 2001 conviction for embezzling $25,000 from a photofinishing company in Durham where she was a payroll specialist, according to documents obtained by the AP.

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