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Duke accuser posts bail

Monday, May 17, 2010
Crystal Mangum

Crystal Mangum, woman who accused Duke Lacrosse players of rape, speaks to reporters in 2008

The woman involved in the Duke Lacrosse case has posted bail in a domestic violence case.

Crystal Mangum has been in jail since her arrest in February.

She is charged with first-degree arson, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, injury to personal property, and resisting an officer.

Her bail was set at $100,000. Hammond & Hammond Bail Bondsman in Durham posted her bond for free, because they say it was the right thing to do.

Durham police took Mangum into custody at her Lincoln Street home on February 18 after getting a 911 call from her daughter just before midnight. According to officers, the 33-year-old got into an argument with her boyfriend, Milton Walker, which resulted in her assaulting him.

According to an arrest warrant, Mangum scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker before setting his clothes on fire in a bathtub.

Nearly four years ago, Mangum, who was an exotic dancer, accused three Duke Lacrosse players of raping her at an off campus party.

The case made international news and the charges against the Duke students were eventually dismissed.

Since the case, Mangum graduated from North Carolina Central University and wrote a book, "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story," which was released in 2008.

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