Wanetta Gibson Lawsuit: School Sues Woman Over False Rape Accusation

Wanetta Gibson, the woman who falsely accused Brian Banks of rape, is learning that lying really doesn’t pay, but it’ll actually cost her $2.6 million dollars. In 2007, Gibson was awarded a settlement by the Long Beach School District, after she said a lack of security led to her being raped by fellow student Banks.  Gibson later recanted the rape claim on tape, paving the way for Banks’ exoneration of the charge – however he had already served more than five years in prison.

That recantation also paved the way for the school district to seek compensation of the money they awarded her. According to the school district, the judgment recoups a $750,000 settlement paid to Gibson and also includes attorney’s fees, interest and $1 million in punitive damages.

Gibson was not present at the ruling and her whereabouts are unknown, per the Long Beach Press-Telegram, but the court gained authorization to recoup the money through her future wages and property. Once a court gains authorization for garnishments, it’s all downhill from there.

“The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case,” Long Beach Unified Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said.

“This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law.”

Actually trying to recoup the money may not even happen. Apparently Gibson has several civil judgments already under her belt.  Also, according to news reports, Gibson and her children have received public assistance and she has been sued by the county for child support.

Gibson’s troubles may not end with just a wage garnishment.  She could also face fraud charges, depending upon the court’s opinion as to whether her 2012 recanting constitutes an admission of fraud. If the original accusation is the basis for such a charge, the three-year statute of limitations for fraud charges to be brought would void any such action.

In her video confession, when the money issue was brought up, she stated, “I don’t want to have to pay it back.” Well, it looks as though she’s gotten herself into a real pickle, a $2.6 million dollar pickle.

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  • Starla

    @Anthony..Let us extend the forgiveness when she makes a sincere public apology to Brian Banks, his family, the school district, the courts, the police, her children and family, current and future rape victims, and all those directly and indirectly affected by her actions. I too, like you, hopes that she can move on from this and go on to live a just and honorable life; if not for her sake, for the sake of her innocent children.

    The dye has already been cast and she has a load to bear that will be with her for the rest of her days. In truth, I pity her.

    • Anthony

      I agree, I never said she deserved to walk away with no punishment. A great start would be a open apology with no “buts,” just an open admission of guilt and statement of sorrow for her actions.

  • All the money in the world isn’t going to right this young man’s life or give him time that he missed back. Besides I doubt she has the means to pay it back in her life time anyway so I think she needs more than a monetary punishment.

  • Rochelle

    I don’t see why people are saying that they can’t get their money back. The government CAN and WILL get their money if they want it enough. This women looks like an uneducated hood booger. I’m sure she bough a house, her mama a house, the cousins, brother, sister, etc. The government can take houses to fulfill the debt. They can freeze her accounts, drain her accounts, take any tax refunds (though I’m sure her arse doesn’t work). There mistake was making this public. The broad is stupid, but I’m sure she is smart enough to transfer her funds to a family members account. I don’t really want her to do jail time. I want her to be strip of all her funds and her to be working as a Walmart greeter living in a shelter. Her, her children and all. Then I want her to have to explain to her children that they are living in the gutter because of her lying arse. As a rape survivor this woman makes me sick.

  • bob

    what kind of message does this send to women that successfully falsely accuse a man of rape. yes what she did was bad, but now this tells women that if you falsely accuse a man of rape and ruin his life its better to just keep your mouth shut instead of telling the truth. This country punishes honesty but rewards the liars.