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Tawana Brawley Begins Pay Out for Rape Hoax

August 06, 2013  | 

The New York woman who falsely accused six white men of a racially motivated rape and assault in 1987 has been paying restitution to a prosecutor since February for defamation, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Tawana Brawley sparked a racial firestorm fanned by a young Rev. Al Sharpton nearly three decades ago when she went public with her accusations. Several law enforcement officers were among those she said attacked her.

Brawley was found after the alleged rape naked with the words "n****r" and "b***h" written on her body with feces.

Since February, Brawley has been making payments to Steve Pagones, a former prosecutor named by her. She now works as a nurse in Richmond, Va. Sharpton has also made restitution payments but told the New York Times in June, "it's clear that something wrong happened."

Brawley also accused part-time Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist, who committed suicide four days after she went public with the allegation. Crist killed himself after breaking up with a girlfriend and flunking the state police exam, reports the New York Post.

Scott Patterson, a New York trooper, was also among those accused by Brawley. At the time of the accusation, Patterson declined to be interviewed by the New York Times. He told investigators he was driving Crist home at the time of the alleged attack.

Comments (11)

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Ken H @ 8/6/2013 2:49 PM

So when does that idiot sharpton get to pay

gp cobb @ 8/6/2013 3:31 PM

Ken H: indeed, this need to go direct to FOX, Bill R the Five or somebody. Let's git this party started.

WebEdPaul @ 8/6/2013 4:08 PM

@Ken: The Rev. Sharpton has paid restitution to Pagones, as mentioned in the article.

Sonny Clarkson @ 8/6/2013 4:48 PM

Sharpton and Jackson knew that Tawana's claim was false from the gitgo. They discussed it in intercepted phone conversations, planning how they would benefit themselves by whooping up race hatred. The famous quotation from one of them to the other: "We gonna be the biggest ni..ers in New York."

Sharpton and Jackson incited enough hatred at the time to result in violence and murders of non-Blacks.

I wish that Sharpton and Jackson not only were made to pay for defamation, but were held responsible for what amounted to incitement to riot and hate crimes.

maddog 81 mm @ 8/6/2013 6:44 PM

Sharpton, was definitly telling the truth, when he said , " It's clear something happened here " ! That something was the turmoil he , and J . Jackson , caused with their inclusion in her lies!! They should be held accountable for perpetuating her hoax, if not responsibility for their involvement that caused deaths , and rioting afterwards!!

Troop @ 8/6/2013 11:47 PM

Race hustler fail.

plato's playdough @ 8/7/2013 3:49 AM

She could have been the Prez's daughter, he already stated who could have been his own son. Wait, is this THAT Al Sharpton who got that dog riled up? DAMMM. He was at it again !!

Nichole @ 8/7/2013 5:21 AM

It will be a happy day when Sharpton and Jackson aren't around anymore and people can go back to thinking for themselves, using reason and rational thought, taking responsibility for their actions, and regaining some humility.

Steve @ 8/7/2013 8:34 AM

Nichole I wish you were right and we could blame two individuals for what is going on in this country! Unfortunately, those two are just along for the ride and will reap what they are sowing some day, if not here, when they meet their maker. We can blame our educational system for the not "thinking for themselves" and not "using reason and rational thought". Kids have a "right" to be stupid these days. And blame our gutless judicial system and low life attorneys and law makers for society not "taking responsibility for their actions"!

plato's playdough @ 8/7/2013 12:49 PM - the link provides some insight. To bait your interest, here are a few quotes: "Brawley refused to comply with the order of the New York court that handed down the defamation verdict because an appearance in the court, "which inferentially sympathizes with the Confederate States of America, would be contrary to the U.S. Constitution and would amount to a 'badge of slavery.'" + ""The common law applies to whites," he said. "The slave code still applies to blacks."" + "Brawley, meanwhile, was ordered to pay $185,000 at 9% annual interest. After moving to Richmond, Va., becoming a nurse and avoiding payment for 15 years, Brawley's share has ballooned to $431,492. She has now been required to pay Pagones $627 out of her wages each month and $3,764.61 so far." + "Sharpton was found liable for $66,000, Brawley attorney C. Vernon Mason was found liable for $188,000 and disbarred in 1995, and attorney Alton Maddox was ordered to pay $97,000. All had their fines paid by benefactors." + " He [ Alton Maddox ] has petitioned a Virginia court to halt the garnishing of Brawley's wages" >> So there you go, the attorneys & Sharpton didn't have to pay out of their pockets.

Fish @ 8/9/2013 3:29 AM

"it's clear that something wrong happened." Yes, Al, that something wrong is that you were born.

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