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Attorney: Bartender Was Raped

October 21, 1999

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Police are investigating a woman’s claims that she was raped by more than one person at a police social club operated by retired law enforcement officers.

The woman, a bartender at the club, was assaulted early on Sept. 25, said her attorney, Steven Holden. He would not identify her alleged attackers but said they could be Oklahoma City police officers or others who were in the Glitter Dome at the time.

``The same people who raped her are the very people who are supposed to be protecting her,″ he said.

A police spokesman, Capt. Charles Allen, declined to comment on Holden’s statements but said the investigation is continuing.

``It’s a sex crimes investigation right now,″ Allen said. ``And we’re good at doing those, whether it involves us or not.″

On the night of the alleged attack, Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bill Martin called 911 and reported that the woman was nude, drunk and ``going crazy″ in the club. Holden said she was not drunk.

A police report said that when she was questioned, the woman denied being involved in any sexual activity. Three days later, police said, she said she had been undressed against her will but did not believe she had been sexually assaulted.

Police said she did not make the assault allegation until she was interviewed one more time.

Holden denied that the woman’s account has changed since she was originally interviewed, and he questioned why police waited several days to launch an investigation.

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