Woman who falsely accused football player of rape ordered to pay $2.6M
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.
According to KTLA, Wanetta Gibson was not in court to hear the judge’s ruling last week and her whereabouts were unknown, according to prosecutors. Gibson sued the district for lax campus security related to the alleged rape and received $750,000 from a $1.5 million settlement.
The judgement ordered the $1.5 million to be repaid with interest, hence the $2.6 million figure, and allows the Long Beach Unified School District to garnish Gibson’s future wages and property until that amount is reached.
Gibson 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.