AFRICANGLOBE – A former high school football star, whose rape conviction was thrown out this week, plans to file lawsuit against state of California, it has been reported.
Brian Banks, who spent six years in prison, has said that he will not sue 24-year-old Wanetta Gibson after she recanted the sexual assault accusation she made against him a decade ago.
Banks’ lawyers have reportedly asked that their client to receive $100 a day in compensation for every day he spent in jail, working out a total payout of $219,000.
Gibson, was said to have contacted Brian Banks on Facebook asking to the 24-year-old to ‘let bygones be bygones,’ following his six-year prison stint.
It has been reported that Gibson met with Banks and admitted that there was no kidnap or no rape before offering to help him clear his record.
She was quoted as telling Banks: “I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back.”
In 2002, the then football player pleaded guilty to rape after being advised by his lawyer to confess in a bid to avoid a hefty 41 years to life in prison.
Shortly after Banks’ conviction Gibson was awarded a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.
Before the 10-year-old case was dismissed, Banks was forced to remain on probation following his release from jail and had to register as a sex offender.
Banks is said to be continuing to train for a future chance at a football career.