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Ex-Nebraska star sentenced for lying about attack

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Associated Press
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April 19, 2013

A former University of Nebraska basketball star convicted of lying to police about being attacked in her home by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin was sentenced Thursday to a week in jail and two years' probation. Charlie Rogers, who maintains that the attack last July did happen, cried and hugged family and friends as she left the courtroom. Neither she nor her family would comment after the hearing. The reported attack provoked outrage and spread fear among Lincoln's gay community, and hundreds of people turned out for a rally that weekend outside the state Capitol. At the time, Lincoln was debating whether to adopt a proposed "fairness ordinance" that would have banned discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, and tensions were high among those on both sides of the issue.