Brians Banks' accuser ordered to pay $2.6 million to school district

By John Breech |

Wanetta Gibson, the woman whose false rape accusation led to Falcons linebacker Brian Banks spending five years in prison, has been ordered to pay the Long Beach Unified School District $2.6 million, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

Gibson was awarded a $1.5 million settlement from the school district in 2007 after she filed a civil suit stemming from the 2002 rape accusation. The rape was alleged to have occurred on the campus of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. In the lawsuit, Gibson accused the school district of having lax security and fostering an unsafe environment at Long Beach Poly.

In February 2011, Gibson reached out to Banks on Facebook and requested him as a friend, according to the Los Angeles Times. Banks declined the request, but did ask Gibson to meet with him.

In that meeting, Gibson admitted to lying about the alleged rape in a conversation that was recorded by a private investigator. That tape eventually led to Banks' exoneration in May 2012.

On the tape, Gibson said that she was reluctant to tell prosecutor's the truth because she didn't want to lose the $1.5 million that she had been awarded in the civil suit against the school district.

Gibson, who only received $750,000 of the $1.5 million settlement, will now have to pay the school district $2.6 million. The total includes paying back the $750,000 she received, plus attorney's fees, interest and $1 million in punitive damages.

Banks has slowly been piecing his life together since being exonerated in May 2012. The 27-year-old signed a contract with the Falcons in April and will be headed to training camp with the team in July.

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