*The woman who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape five years ago was arrested Sunday, suspected of stabbing her boyfriend, reports North Carolina’s WTVD-TV. [Watch news report below.]
Officers responding to a call early Sunday about a stabbing at an apartment in Durham, North Carolina, found a 46-year-old man who had been stabbed in the torso, police said. He was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Officers later arrested the man’s girlfriend, Crystal Mangum, 32, at a nearby apartment. She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, police said. Mangum was placed in the Durham County Jail without bond.
Officers said the stabbing occurred during an argument at the couple’s shared apartment.
In March 2006, Mangum claimed to have been sexually assaulted by three players on the Duke lacrosse team while performing as a stripper for a team party. North Carolina’s attorney general later found no credible evidence that the attacks ever occurred and the charges were dropped.
The scandal, however, forced the cancellation of the men’s lacrosse season that year and the resignation of team coach Mike Pressler. It also led to widespread criticism of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who was later disbarred for his handling of the case.
Mangum was also arrested in February 2010 on attempted murder charges after a fight with her then-boyfriend. She was accused of arson, identity theft and resisting arrest, among other charges. WTVD-TV reported the arrest happened after she set fire to a pile of the boyfriend’s clothes while her children were at home.
In a June 2010 interview with the station, Mangum said her boyfriend had attacked her, and that her involvement in the Duke lacrosse case had influenced police handling of the case.
“I do feel that I am being unjustly treated because of preconceived notions about my character in the media,” Mangum said at the time.
In December, a jury found Mangum guilty of child abuse in the case but could not agree on a first-degree felony arson charge, which could have resulted in a seven-year sentence, WTVD reported.