Duke LaCrosse Case Becomes An HBO Film

HBO has acquired the rights to the book that tells the tale of this painful story. The story of three players on a predominately white Duke Lacrosse team that were falsely accused of gang-rapping a black woman back in 2006, will now be put on exclusively revealed in an HBO film. The cable channel has bought the rights to the book “It’s Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered,” written by Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated editor, and Mike Pressler, the team’s coach, who was dismissed amid the controversy. The incident took place back in March of 2006, where a student at historically Black North Carolina Central University and part-time stripper, had been hired by the Duke players to dance for a team house party. She accused three of her hosts of dragging her into a bathroom, where they beat her, raped her and pummeled her with racial epithets. The charges were later dropped as the case disintegrated under the pressure of national scrutiny. And the lead prosecutor, Durham, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred, accused of pressing forward with a weak case to appease a large African-American constituency in an election year, and convicted of misconduct.

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