- SCHOOL DISTRICT SUING WOMAN WHO FALSELY ACCUSED BRIAN BANKS OF RAPING HER - The Long Beach Unified School District is suing Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused former student and football star Brian Banks of rape, saying it wants to get back some of the money it paid her in a settlement. Also, the school district wants to press criminal charges against her.
Gibson sued the school district and won $750,000. Now the district wants its money back. It is suing her for the $750,000, and more than $1 million in damages.
In 2002 Gibson claimed that Banks raped her at Long Beach Polytechnic High School while they were both students there. Banks was a football stand-out who had committed to play at the USC. But instead, he was convicted of rape and spent five years in prison and another five on parole.
But last year Gibson was captured on video by a private investigator recanting her story about the rape. When ask if Banks raped her, Gibson can be seen and heard saying, “No, he did not. She’s asked if Banks kidnapped her. And she replies, “No, he did not.”
That video ultimately led to Banks being exonerated in May 2012.
A district spokesman said in a statement: “Our school district takes seriously our obligation to be a good steward of public funds. It’s important to convey that our school board will take action to recoup any losses if someone attempts to defraud our schools of much-needed resources.”
Banks himself has said he’s no longer concerned with Wanetta Gibson and doesn’t plan on suing her himself. He just want to focus on his new life and recommitting himself to playing football.
And that’s exactly what Bank’s is doing, last year he earned a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks, and just recently he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo: atlantafalcons.com)