Radically differing accounts emerged Wednesday about an exotic dancer who has accused three men of raping and sodomizing her at an off-campus Duke University lacrosse team party.
One of those accounts had her performing supple and athletic dance routines at the adults-only Platinum Club in Hillsborough on March 17, 18 and 26.
At that time, she was complaining to physicians and police that she still suffered extreme pain from the alleged rape on the night of March 13-14. And she told District Attorney Mike Nifong as late as April 11 that she continued to be too traumatized to even talk about the sex-assault case, Nifong has said in open court.
The account of the three March dance performances was given to several lawyers by a former bouncer at the Platinum Club, H.P. "Fats" Thomas.
The lawyers, in turn, provided Thomas' account to The Herald-Sun on Wednesday. They quoted Thomas as saying he was certain about the March 17, 18 and 26 dates. They also said Thomas described the woman's movements as almost contortionist in nature.
“But Platinum Club owner Victor Olatoye said in a sworn affidavit, a copy of which was obtained by The Herald-Sun on Wednesday, that the bouncer's account was not true.”
“He said the woman danced at his nightspot beginning in December 2005 and continued for about three months, stopping in February.”
“Then [the accuser] asked me if I would take her to Hillsborough. We got to Platinum around 11 or 12 [March 11 or 12] where she went in and I remained in the car. Around 2 a.m. I go inside to find her, she asks if we can stay for about another hour. She then asks me if we can stay just one more hour. We leave at 4:30 when the club closes.”