What’s Up With Wanetta Gibson?

by W.F. Price on June 9, 2012

Some readers asked in comments what became of Brian Banks’ false rape accuser Wanetta Gibson, who pocketed $750 thousand dollars as a result of her (or more likely her mother’s) setup scheme.

Turns out she’s on welfare, having blown the entire $750 thousand on cars, big screen TVs and the like. She has two kids with two different fathers, and was ordered to pay child support (perhaps her mother was taking care of them), but has been let off the hook. She’s a failure and in her position from very poor choices, but the state has decided not to prosecute her for either lying about rape or failure to pay child support.

In the meanwhile, men languish in prison merely for being unemployed…

From the LA Times:

Gibson was a high school sophomore when she accused Banks of raping her at Long Beach Poly High School. She and her family sued the school, receiving a $750,000 settlement, and Banks spent five years in prison after pleading no contest to forcible rape.

While a judge Thursday tossed out the rape charge, it remains far from certain if Gibson, 24, will face any consequences.

L.A. prosecutors have said they have no plans to charge her with making false accusations, saying it would be a tough case to prove.

Legal experts noted it could be difficult for the Long Beach school district and its insurer to get the settlement back.

Then there is the reality of Gibson’s life.

Court records suggest she has few assets: She received public assistance for a time and her children, ages 4 and 5, still do, according to two suits brought by the county in an attempt to collect child support. Gibson, who could not be reached for comment, was ordered initially to pay a $600 a month toward their support. But in the last year, county officials said she didn’t have to pay anything, citing a lack of income and employment.

This Banks case is going to be one of the most significant false rape cases in recent times. His story will make a difference. It is even more important than the Duke LaCrosse scandal, because in this case no racial angle will overshadow the false accusation.

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