Brian Banks was a star scholar and athete at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Southern California when he was falsely accused of raping his acquaintance, Wanetta Gibson, a in a school stairwell. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison on counts of forcible rape and kidnapping and stripped of his football scholarship at the University of Southern California. Gibson was awarded $750,000 in a settlement after suing the Long Beach Unified School District. She claimed the school was unsafe.
Upon being released from prison, Gibson sent him a Facebook message stating, “Let’s let bygones be bygones.” Banks hired a private investigator that eventually nailed Gibson on a hidden camera confessing that she lied about the rape. The California Innocence Project assisted in having a judge overturn the conviction and order Gibson to pay $2.6 million. This amount was decided based on a repayment of her $750,000 to the school district, attorney fees, interest, and another million in punitive damages.