False-rape claimant Wanetta Gibson ordered to pay $2.6 million


Wanetta Gibson: still-frame from a video recording made by a private investigator.

At long last, Wanetta Gibson — whose 2002 false rape claim against college co-ed Brian Banks resulted in his serving his best years in prison — has been ordered to pay $2.6 million.

As the Press-Telegram reports

After Banks’ release from prison, Gibson sent him a “friend” request on Facebook and was seeking to “let bygones be bygones.” Private investigator Freddie Parish, whose son played football with Banks at Poly, was able to elicit the recantation on audio and videotape from Gibson, who was unavailable for comment.

In the tape, which has been widely circulated since Banks was exonerated in May 2012, Gibson gives one-word “no” answers when Parish asks her if she was raped or kidnapped. In a separate interview, Gibson said she was hesitant to help Banks when he asked for her help.

“I will go through with helping you, but all that money they gave us, I mean, gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back, all of it, because that would take a long time,” Gibson said.

KTLA reports on Gibson’s repayment, below the fold.


Woman Who Falsely Accused Brian Banks Ordered to Pay $2.6M

• 06/15/13
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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A woman who falsely accused a fellow Long Beach Poly High School student of rape in 2002 was ordered by a judge on Friday to pay $2.6 million to the school district.

The rape conviction of Brian Banks, the former Long Beach Polytechnic High School football standout, was overturned in May, 2012.

Wanetta Gibson was not in court and her whereabouts were unknown, according to prosecutors.

The judgement allows the Long Beach Unified School District to garnish Gibson’s future wages and property.

Gibson sued the district for lax campus security related to the alleged rape and received $750,000 from a $1.5 million settlement.

She later recanted her rape charge against Brian Banks, who had been convicted and served more than five years in prison.

He was exonerated in May of 2012.

Banks was a star football player at Poly High School at the time Gibson accused him of rape.

Earlier this year, he signed a contract to play football for the Atlanta Falcons.

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