|ESPN.com: NCAA||[Print without images]|
|District Attorney Mike Nifong, right, leaves a community forum Tuesday.|
A source has provided ESPN with a detailed account of the exotic dancer's arrival at the hospital the night of the alleged sexual assault at a party thrown by members of the Duke men's lacrosse team.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, was present at the hospital on the night of the alleged incident and says the woman was "beat up" but would not immediately divulge to anyone the identity of her alleged assailants.
"She was hysterical," the source said. "She was crying, she was pretty banged up. She said she was sexually assaulted, but she didn't say by whom."
The source says the woman entered the hospital well after midnight March 13 wearing a red nightgown and nothing on her feet. She was walking on her own, but there were bruises on her face, neck, and arms.
A triage nurse attended to her, but the woman did not want him to touch her because he was a man. She was then examined by a sexual assault nurse.
There were injuries to the woman's pelvic area, the source said.
According to the source, the woman did not immediately inform either the police or the hospital staff who inflicted the injuries to her.
"She never said one thing about Duke, any athlete or anything," the source said. "She just kept hollering and screaming. She never said who did it."
The woman was discharged after approximately five hours.
No charges have been filed. On Monday, attorneys representing members of the lacrosse team said DNA from 46 players did not match evidence collected from the woman, who is a student at North Carolina Central University.
The 27-year-old dancer told police she and another woman were hired to dance at the party, located on Buchanan Street, which is within walking distance of the Duke campus and the hospital. The woman told police that three men at the party dragged her into a bathroom, choked her, raped her and sodomized her. The allegations have led to days of protests on and off the Duke campus.
-- Eric Adelson, ESPN The Magazine