April 15, 2013

LBUSD Sues Woman Who Falsely Accused Banks

The LA Times reports the Long Beach Unified School District has lawyer’d up and sued the woman who falsely accused ex-Long Beach Poly High football star Brian Banks of rape inside a building of the school’s campus in 2002.
Banks had spent five years in prison and another five years on parole. The school district wants the $1.9 million it spent defending itself after the woman sued the district and collected a $750,000 settlement.

The district also wants to recoup attorney fees as well as $1 million in punitive damages, according to the LA Times.

Banks insisted the sexual contact was consensual, but his criminal defense lawyers advised him to plead no contest rather than risk being sentenced to 41 years to life in prison. Banks followed his attorney’s advice and spent five years in prison and another five on parole.

Then in February 2011, the woman found him on Facebook. She allegedly admitted to lying about the alleged rape in a conversation that was taped by Banks and a private investigator.
The tape ultimately led to Banks being set free in May 2012.
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