Duke Lacrosse: 2nd Dancer

Who’s paying her? (via the Raleigh N&O)

At first, a stripper who performed at a Duke University lacrosse team party doubted the story of a colleague who told police she was dragged into a bathroom and raped.

Now, Kim Roberts isn’t so sure.

“I was not in the bathroom when it happened, so I can’t say a rape occurred _ and I never will,” Roberts told The Associated Press on Thursday in her first on-the-record interview. But after watching defense attorneys release photos of the accuser, and upset by the leaking of both dancers’ criminal pasts, she said she has to “wonder about their character.”

“In all honesty, I think they’re guilty,” she said. “And I can’t say which ones are guilty … but somebody did something besides underage drinking. That’s my honest-to-God impression.”

Interesting change of story. I wonder why? Could she be looking for some sort of lenient deal?

The attorneys claim Roberts 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.”

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.

On Monday, the same day a grand jury indicted lacrosse players Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, a judge agreed to a change so that Roberts would no longer have to pay a 15 percent fee to a bonding agent. District Attorney Mike Nifong signed a document saying he would not oppose the change.

So, we have some interesting shennanigans going on with Roberts. She also happens to be a mother.

Later, police received a 911 call from a woman complaining that she had been called racial slurs by white men gathered outside the home where the party took place. Roberts acknowledged that she made the call because she was angry.

So why isn’t she being charged with falsely calling 911?

“Don’t forget that they called me a damn nigger,” she said. “She [the accuser] was passed out in the car. She doesn’t know what she was called. I was called that. I can never forget that.”

Sticks and stones, love. Even if it happened, Black people call each other that all the time, and not always in a nice way.

Oh, and why didn’t the cab driver hear the supposed slurs?

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