Herald-Sun with a bombshell:

Scratches and bruises on the body of the accuser in the Duke lacrosse rape case might have occurred when she was dragged out of a nightclub onto a gravel parking lot not long before the alleged sexual assault, a former club manager told The Herald-Sun.

Yolanda Haynes, who stopped working for Hillsborough’s adults-only Platinum Club in July, said the woman had to be dragged and carried from the nightspot because she passed out inside.

Haynes also said it wasn’t unusual for the exotic dancer to pass out during her stint at the club from January until March.

“It was just constant, every night,” she said. “I don’t know how many times she fell out on stage.”

Haynes said she was telling her story because she felt sorry for three young men who may have been falsely accused in the rape case: Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann and David Evans.

“I hate to see those boys get railroaded for something they possibly didn’t do,” she said.