It could be the homosexual version of the Tawana Brawley case. In Lincoln, Nebraska, former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star Charlie Rogers crawled to a neighbor’s house covered in blood with anti-gay slurs of “dyke” and “c*nt” curved into her skin. Her case became a rallying point for the community which is debating a “fairness ordinance” to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. However police now say that she faked the attack.
Rogers, 33, told the police that three masked men broke into her home and proceeded to torture her by cutting a cross into her chest, cutting the front and back of her thighs and buttocks, and carving anti-gay slurs on her arms and abdomen. They then tried to burn down the house and left.
However, evidence began to pile up that contradicted or implicated Rogers. First, the attack occurred on July 22nd. However, on July 18th, Rogers stated on a Facebook posting that “So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me.”
Second, she sent a photo of a cross-shaped cut on her chest to a friend — allegedly days before the reported attack. She later reportedly deleted messages that she sent from the day of the attack.
Third, she claimed the gloves found at the scene were not hers but her DNA was found inside and none of the DNA inside the glove was from a man.
Fourth, police found that she had purchased a box cutter, gloves, and zip ties from an Ace Hardware store days before the reported attack (she later admitted to the purchases except the gloves).
Finally, there was no evidence of a struggle or even blood on the sheets where she said the attack occurred.
Rogers is something of a legend as a female basketball star from the University of Nebraska, which still posts her stats and picture. That distinguished record may soon be eclipsed by a less inspiring record of a different kind if she is convicted in the case. Police say that they spent thousands on the investigation and gay rights groups have commended the police on conducting a professional and unbiased investigation into the case.