LINCOLN (KPTM) – She is facing trial this month—but not before she tells the public her side of the story. 34-year-old Charlie Rogers is accused of making up a hate crime.
Tuesday night she posted a video to YouTube telling people that there are "two sides to every story" and hers is that she is innocent.
In less than 24-hours hundreds of comments from viewers were posted.
"People were so supportive in the beginning. Once the accusations were made that all went away," Rogers said in the video.
Username orawhaty402 posted:
"You are a disgrace to not only the LGBT community, but Nebraska and the U.S."
But others supported her.
Username grlanae posted:
"Charlie and I have been friends for years. She is neither a liar nor a publicity hound."
Back in July Rogers told police three, masked men broke into her house and carved homophobic slurs into her arms and stomach.
Investigators later arrested Rogers for giving police false information. They said they found evidence that the lines cut on her body were too straight to be accomplished during a struggle. They also said all cuts were in areas the she could have inflicted herself.
They also found no DNA, except Rogers', on a pair of white gloves she told detectives the three men used when they attacked her. They never found any blood at the scene Rogers' originally mentioned either.
More evidence showed that Rogers purchased zip ties, a box cutter, box cutter blades and white gloves—tools she said the three men used to inflict the wounds found on her body. A clerk at the local hardware store these tools were purchased identified Rogers as the customer.
Rogers never mentions any of this in her video.
She admits she does not remember all the details of the incident and said she accepts that she is going to jail.
"I want people to know that there are serious repercussions for the mean and hateful things you say to and about people," Rogers said.
Rogers' attorney Brett McArthur said this video is irrelevant.
"Cases such as this should be decided in a court of law, not by public opinion. And right now that video isn't evidence. So I don't know that it will make a difference."
A jury is supposed to be selected soon—whether they will see this video is unclear.
"I'm going to talk and I'm going to talk and I'm going to talk until I can't talk anymore."
But it is clear that at more than three-thousand views in one day, many people are hearing Rogers' case before it goes to trial.
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