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A Facebook friend request set the wheels in motion for Brian Banks to be cleared of rape 10 years after he was accused by former high school classmate Wanetta Gibson and had already spent five years in prison.
Brian Banks was a promising high school football prospect out of Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., and had a scholarship from the University of Southern California when Gibson, then 15, accused the then-17-year-old banks of raping her.
"We went into an area on campus that is known as a makeout spot, we kissed, we groped we touched, but we never had sex. We ended things on a good note. I went back to class, by the end of the day I was in custody," Banks, now 26, told KABC in Los Angeles.
Banks faced a maximum sentence of life in prison, and instead of risking the possibility of being behind bars for life, his attorney suggested he plead guilty.
"She told me I was a big black teenager and no jury would believe anything I said," Banks told KABC.
Banks got out of prison five years later and Gibson received $1.5 million from Long Beach city schools in a civil suit claiming a lack of security was partly responsible for the alleged rape.
Brian Banks was exonerated Thursday and the reason was Gibson sent a Facebook friend request to him.
Banks asked why Gibson would send such a request after accusing him of rape and ruining his life.
Gibson wrote back, "I figured you and I could let bygones be bygones. I was immature then, but I'm much more mature now."
Gibson pledged to help Banks clear his name, but she was reluctant to reiterate her story to prosecutors because she didn't want to give back the $1.5 million civil judgment awarded to her.
"'I will go through with helping you but it's like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don't want to have to pay it back," Gibson told Banks at one of their meetings, which Banks recorded, according to CBS News.
The new evidence in the case led the California Innocence Project, which defends prisoners they believe were either wrongly convicted or innocent, to take up the case of Brian Banks.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge reversed the conviction Thursday against Banks.
"My only dream in the world is just to be free," Banks said after the ruling, the Los Angeles Times reported.
This story just pissed me off. I don't usually go the violent route, but this b*tch would end up meeting some of my un-named kin folks who would beat the breaks off of her ass. This young man's' life was just played with and there is no way this woman shouldn't be procecuted. I hope he gets an opportunity to live out his football dreams and go to college. The state of California should be willing to give him a full ride or something, but he needs to get the right lawyers cuz this was sum straight donkey sh*t right here.
*** Im sorry y'all but if she ain't a raggedy b**ch I don't know who is.. All the money is gone Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused a man of rape 10 years ago, is going to be allowed to keep her $750,000 settlement she received from Long Beach Poly High School, even though the rape never occurred.
The man she accused Brian Banks, spent 5 years in prison for the alleged crime, after pleading no contest to forcible rape. A judge tossed out the rape charge, but there is no word on whether Gibson will be punished for what she did.
Banks says that he has not considered legal action against Gibson. Prosecutors have also said nothing about charging her for making false statements to police. They claim that the charges will be difficult to prove.
Legal experts tell the LA Times that getting the settlement back from Gibson would be difficult to do. Court records show that she doesn’t have much. She was on welfare for a while and her two children still receive public assistance. Gibson was ordered to pay $600 per month for child support, but was told she didn’t have to pay it due to a lack of income and no job.
The statute of limitations for making false statements is four years. However, it can restart when the crime is discovered.
“No, he did not rape me,” are the words Gibson used when speaking to Banks and his private investigator.
“The prosecution can say that we only learned last year that the crime of perjury occurred and therefore we are still within the statute of limitations,” Loyola Law professor Stan Goldman told the LA Times.
There is no word on whether Gibson is going to be charged, but prosecutors are “reviewing the matter,” according to spokeswoman Lisa Massacani.