Wanetta Gibson

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Wanetta Gibson is an African-American teenager who made a False rape allegation against NFL player Brian Banks when he was in high school.

Allegation

In Summer 2002, Gibson met with Banks in Poly High School in Los Angeles, and there was reportedly consensual touching and kissing, but no sex. Later that same day Gibson called the police and claimed that Banks had kidnapped and raped her. Banks was arrested for the alleged assault, and pleaded no contest on advice, leading to Banks spending five years in jail and being forced to register as a sex offender. Gibson then sued the high school for failing to create a safe environment for women, and won a $1.5 million payout in compensation.

In 2007, Gibson was payed the first $750,000 of the settlement, however soon after Banks was released from jail, and was approached on social media by Gibson, who wanted to meet with him. When they met up, Banks secretly recorded Gibson admitting that she lied about the attack to gain a payout from the school. When the recording was presented to the authorities, Banks was granted a second trial, and was ruled to be innocent. As a result, the second half of Gibson's settlement was cancelled, and she was ordered to pay $2.6 million in compensation.