At one time, Brian Banks was one of the most promising young football players in the country. The Los Angeles native was set to star at safety at the University of Southern California. All that changed after he was sent to prison after being accused of a rape that he says he didn’t commit. Banks would spend 5 years in prison before he would be released after the accuser confessed that he didn’t do it.
Almost a year ago, Wanetta Gibson, the woman who made the initial claim about the football player, was ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to pay $2.6M for issues related to the case. The breakdown was about $1.5M to Banks and the remaining $1.1M to cover lawyer fees, court costs and punishment for making the false accusation to begin with.
The plaintiff won the initial ruling and a $1.5M settlement, but later admitted she’d made up the story. The judgement was reversed in May of 2012 and Banks signed with the Falcons in 2012. He was later released.
Source: NBC LA