Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stripper: 'They're Guilty'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stripper: 'They're Guilty'

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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 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 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."

Attorneys for the 46 players have aggressively proclaimed the players' innocence, citing DNA tests during a public campaign that has included describing and releasing photos from the party.

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.

"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."


Brian Harman shot a 3-under 67 to lead Georgia to a four-stroke lead Friday after the first day of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Bulldogs posted a team score of 276 on the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club.

Alabama was at even-par 280 in second place. Florida was third, nine strokes back.

Georgia Tech's Michael Barbosa shot a course-record 7-under-par 65 as the Yellow Jackets took the lead in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in New London, N. …

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