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Woman Says Seven Players Raped Her

June 28, 1996

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ A stripper who claims she was raped by seven Clemson football players contends police have been slow to investigate her charges and fears her occupation might be part of the reason.

But Police Capt. Jimmy Dixon and Assistant Solicitor Doug Richardson denied there’s been any delay.

Angela Washington, 28, demanded at a news conference Thursday that the players be arrested, saying she feels victimized twice.

``I’ve been examined and photographed and made to feel like the lowest form of life, and no one has been charged in this case,″ she said. ``I was raped by every single one of these guys. And I feel I am being raped still by the system.″

Dixon said the police are investigating a reported sexual assault from Sunday, but he would not comment on any specifics.

``My concern is not to embarrass anybody,″ Dixon said. ``Our concern is to do the most thorough investigation possible.″

Washington said she has not taken a lie detector test because she thinks her alleged attackers should take one first. She also said she is worried that her complaint will not be taken seriously.

``That’s one of the things I was concerned about, the fact that I’d be frowned upon,″ Washington said. ``I’m a dancer. A nightclub dancer. A stripper.″

Washington said she was abducted about 2 a.m. Sunday as she left a local bar, then taken to an apartment and sexually assaulted for two hours.

University spokeswoman Cathy Sams said administrators are waiting for the police to finish their investigation before they begin an inquiry into whether any students broke rules of conduct.

An athletic department spokeswoman said coach Tommy West would not have a comment before Monday. Athletic director Bobby Robinson also said he wants all the facts before making a statement.

The rape allegations are just the latest in a string of criminal incidents allegedly involving current or former Clemson players.

In an unrelated case, ex-linebacker Kenzil Jackson was arrested on four sex-related felony charges Wednesday night near Washington. University police, who arrested Jackson on a petty larceny charge last August, now want to talk with him about some unsolved campus crimes, Chief Lonnie Saxon said.

Meanwhile, four sophomores-to-be _ Adrian Dingle, Christopher Rice, Eric Williams and Bennie Zeigler _ face rape charges for a dorm-room incident this past February. A trial is scheduled for July 15.

Earlier this week, star reciever Antwuan Wyatt and running back Anthony Downs were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. If convicted, the charges carry up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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