DURHAM, NC (AP) – The city of Durham says it has settled a lawsuit filed by three former Duke University lacrosse players who were falsely accused of raping a stripper eight years ago.
In announcing the settlement Friday, city officials said no money is going to the former players but the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission will receive a $50,000 grant.
David Evans, Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann sued the city, alleging malicious prosecution over the way the police department handled the case.
The city maintains its police officers were obligated to investigate the accusations but concurs with Attorney General Roy Cooper’s 2007 move to dismiss all charges and declare them innocent.
The accusations by a black woman against white athletes at the private, elite university attracted worldwide attention.
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