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Hoaxer Crystal Mangum, the Duke lacrosse accuser, pens memoir

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 24, 2008 08:03 AM

Yes, the discredited and debunked Duke lacrosse accuser’s got a new book out.

Yes, she still believes she was a rape victim.

Read on an empty stomach:

Crystal Mangum, the woman that rattled Duke University in 2006 after accusing three lacrosse players of rape, made her first public appearance on Thursday with a memoir in which she insists she really was raped by the players.

Crystal Gail Mangum held a news conference at the Know Bookstore to promote, “The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story.”

Magnum said she is “looking forward to opening old wounds,” but wants people to know her side of the story.

“Even as I try to move on with my life, I still find it necessary to take one more stand and fight,” she writes in the book, “The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story.”

“I want to assert, without equivocation, that I was assaulted. Make of that what you will. You will decide what that means to you because the state of North Carolina saw fit not to look at all that happened the night I became infamous.”

Jim Cooney, who represented player Reade Seligmann in the criminal case, said attorneys would review the contents of the book.

“For 2 1/2 years, this woman has attempted to destroy Reade’s life,” Cooney said. “We aim to put a stop to it.”

Magnum accused former Duke University lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Colin Finnerty, and Dave Evans of brutally beating, strangling, raping, and sodomizing her in March 2006.

Mangum was hired as a stripper the night the incident happened in March 2006. After a long court case, the state attorney general’s office concluded that there was no credible evidence to prove an attack had occurred.

LaShawn Barber diagnoses Crystal Magnum’s tenacity at mendacity.

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