Banks accuser to pay school district $2.5 million

The Sports Xchange
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The woman who falsely accused linebacker Brian Banks of rape in 2002 has to pay $2.6 million in damages to the Long Beach Unified School District, according to multiple reports.
Banks, then a football star at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School and given a scholarship to USC, spent five years in prison and five more on probation.
Accuser Wanetta Gibson was awarded $1.5 million after suing the school district, citing an unsafe environment.
Gibson admitted in 2012 that she lied about the incident. The school district sued her to reclaim the money she was awarded. Gibson must pay the district $1.5 million, court costs and could be forced to pay more than $1 million in punitive damages.
"The court recognizes that our school district was a victim in this case," school Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "This judgment demonstrates that when people attempt to defraud our school system, they will feel the full force of the law."
Banks has since resumed his football career, signing with the Atlanta Falcons in April.
"I don't expect any handouts or favoritism," he said in April. "I'm here to work like everybody else and the result of my hard work will be whatever they deem necessary."