A Manhattan media firm received an unusual email Wednesday from a woman claiming to be the second dancer cited in an alleged "rape scandal" surrounding the Duke University Lacrosse team.
The following email was received by 5W Public Relations. This individual claims to be the 2nd dancer in the Duke Scandal and was sent to Sports911.com courtesy of Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations
5W Public Relations contacted Sports911.com late Thursday night to inform that they had confirmed the authenticity of the below email as one written by the second dancer involved in the Duke Lacrosse alleged rape scandal.
From: Lesley ***[mailto:streetzles@*************]
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 2:21 PM
To: Ronn Torossian
Subject: duke lacrosse scandal
My name is Kim and I am involved in the Duke Lacrosse scandal. Although I am no celebrity and just an average citizen, I've found myself in the center of one of the biggest stories in the country. I'm worried about letting this opportunity pass me by without making the best of it and was wondering if you had any advice as to how to spin this to my advantage. I am determined not to let any negative publicity about my life overtake me. I'm so confused as to who to talk to for relevant advice and I hope that you can return my e-mail. If you cannot help, do you know of any names and numbers I can call?
Thanks for your time,
The 2nd Dancer...
15-minutes of fame or something more sinister? Erf. Just when you think this case couldn't get more nasty, now we have this sort of thing going on. The real problem with crap like this is that it makes it problematic to believe witnesses at their word. All of a sudden they have a stake in the outcome of the case and it hardly makes them impartial. It's like finding out the cabbie who provided an alibi was sending out feelers for obtaining a book deal or something. It just taints the entire situation. The 2nd stripper ends up looking much better if the result is a conviction than if it's a fabrication. For one, her lies to the 911 operator seem justified instead of simply being a means to use the police as payback. It also provides for plenty of fodder for cross-examination and impeaching her credibility. Morons on all sides IMO. It muddies the water which is no good for the pursuit of the truth in this case.