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May 16th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Author on Duke lacrosse scandal: There's a lot of evidence 'something untoward happened that night'

(CNN) – Durham has settled a lawsuit filed by members of the Duke University men's 2006 lacrosse team who were exonerated of sexually assaulting an exotic dancer in 2006, the North Carolina city said in a statement Friday.

The city has settled with former players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, who were wrongly accused of a sexual assault at a party.

As part of the settlement, Durham will make a one-time grant of $50,000 to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

"We'll never know," what happened that night, says William Cohan, author of "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities."

"There was never a trial here, the district attorney Mike Nifong was never able to bring a case before a journey, the case was turned over to the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper who declared these kids innocent after a three-month investigation," said Cohan.

Nifong, who was disbarred, fired, and basically humiliated, says Cohan, "still believes something happened in that bathroom that night."

"There is an incredible amount of evidence that something untoward happened in that bathroom, something none of us would be proud of happening," says Cohan. "Who did it, when they did it, what they did is absolutely just still not clear."

For more of our interview with William Cohan, check out the video above.

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