Brian Banks’ Accuser Wanetta Gibson to Pay $2.6M For False Rape Claim
While we wait to see how Brian Banks will perform with the Atlanta Falcons, the woman, whose false kidnap-rape accusation sent the former high school football star to prison, has been ordered to pay a $2.6 million judgment.
Wanetta Gibson will have to pay back the $1.5 million settlement she won against the Long Beach Unified School District claiming the school was not safe, plus an additional $1.1 million in fees, for making a false claim and court-related costs.
Gibson was a former high-school acquaintance of Banks in 2002 when she accused him of raping her at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
He would spend five years in prison and another five years on probation by the time he was exonerated in May 2012 after Gibson admitted she made up the story and a judge reversed Banks’ conviction.
For Banks, the 27-year-old has shown promise and maturity at rookie minicamp, displaying virtually no learning curve.
This is partially due to working closely with second-year linebacker Pat Schiller during the off-season and going over film and studying.
“I think that he has taken so many strides forward as far as his football IQ goes, and it’s just unbelievable to me that he didn’t play in college because of his athleticism on the field and his ability to pick up the playbook,” Schiller said. “I think he’s going to be fine. He’s definitely got fresh legs.”