Twenty-Five Years Later, Tawana Brawley Tracked Down In Virginia And Hit With Roughly $500,000 Bill

250px-al_sharpton_by_david_shankboneTbrawleyWe have periodically discussed the infamous case of Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton, now a MSNBC host. In 1987, Brawley, a black teenager, falsely accused a prosecutor, a New York police officer and a state trooper of a racist attack and rape. The racial animus was fueled actively by Al Sharpton who sued the case to propelled himself into national fame or infamy. She later recanted and a court ordered damages to be paid by both Brawley and Sharpton — neither of whom paid. Now the falsely accused former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones has tracked down Brawley living in Virginia and working as a nurse. It is 25 years after the sordid affair was in the national spotlight. He is seeking $190,000 in damages against Brawley, now 40. She is now beginning to pay back the amount due to Pagones.

Brawley delivered 10 checks totaling $3,764.61 as the first payments under a court order. The court ordered the money garnisheed from six months of Brawley’s wages as a nurse there. That is more than Sharpton paid.

In 1987, Sharpton made himself a national figure when he organized protests after Brawley was found inside a plastic bag behind an apartment house in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. She was covered with feces and racial epithets smeared on her body and accused various white men, including Steven A. Pagones, a former Dutchess County assistant district attorney. Sharpton attacked Pagones and the other men with Ms. Brawley’s lawyers, Alton H. Maddox Jr. and C. Vernon Mason.

A grand jury eventually found that the account was a hoax and Pagones successfully sued Sharpton, Maddox, Mason and Brawley. Sharpton has never apologized for his role and failed to pay the damages until various businessmen came forward to pay the damages for him in 2001. As opposed to Brawley, he is not hard to find. He is a host on MSNBC every night. Sharpton’s $66,000 damages were paid by friends, including the late O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran. Yet, an apology is still not forthcoming from Sharpton.

Brawley has now been hit with a demand for payment in Virginia. However, she will now have to pay interest at 9 percent, so the amount is $431,492. It is the height of irony. Sharpton fuels the hoax and stands next to Brawley throughout her lies as these men are destroyed publicly. He then becomes a close adviser to a president, a television host, and media favorite without paying a dime. She however is now looking at half a million dollars in damages.

Brawley is living under a different name: Tawana Vacenia Thompson Gutierrez in Hopewell, Va. and working as a licensed nurse at The Laurels of Bon Air nursing home. Those wages could now be garnished.

Notably, Pagones is saying that he might waive interest — a huge amount of money — if Brawley “fesses up.” That could be embarrassing for Sharpton and MSNBC.

I must confess that I have little sympathy for Brawley or the others. I feel sorry for 28-year-old Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., who committed suicide a week after the false charges were made against him, as well as the rest of these men who were demonized in the relentless press conferences and marches by Sharpton and others.

According to some reports, Brawley refused to appear in the Virginia court with a July filing that stated that the court “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 media reports that Maddox is also back and sharing his extreme views on Facebook. The article says that Maddox wrote that “[t]he common law applies to whites . . . The slave code still applies to blacks.”

Source: NY Post

86 thoughts on “Twenty-Five Years Later, Tawana Brawley Tracked Down In Virginia And Hit With Roughly $500,000 Bill

  1. “I feel sorry for 28-year-old Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., who committed suicide a week after the false charges were made against him.” -Jonathan Turley

    Mourning a Son Tied to the Brawley Case

    Published: April 05, 1998

    All these years later, Harry Crist Sr.’s grief should be less keen, the awful circumstances of his son’s death less immediate.

    But recent weeks have scraped the tenuous scabs off his suffering, and the mere mention of Harry Crist Jr. has the power to convulse his father’s 6-foot-2 frame with a toddler’s unrestrained sobbing.

    Why, he asks, can’t his son rest in peace?

    On Dec. 2, 1987, Harry Crist Jr., 28, was found dead in his apartment here, a hole in his head and a .357 Magnum revolver at his side.

    His timing, like his final act, proved disastrous. Less than a week earlier, a 15-year-old black girl named Tawana Brawley had said she was raped by several white men, at least one of them a police officer. Because Mr. Crist had worked part time for the Police Department in nearby Fishkill, some people ventured that his death should be examined, and the investigators duly examined it.

    Before long, Ms. Brawley’s advisers were identifying him as one of her attackers, with one adviser even suggesting that Mr. Crist had not committed suicide, as the police determined, but had been murdered in the service of a cover-up. When Steven A. Pagones, then a Dutchess County prosecutor, offered an alibi for Mr. Crist, he too was ensnared in the advisers’ web of accusations.

  2. It is shameful that a national cable network gives a platform to the Rev. Clown. Thankfully, his ratings don’t even register.

  3. No statute of limitations on this case? Don’t they take into account that she was a teenager? Seems that this prosecutor has some issues holding a grudge for almost 30 yrs! This woman was only 15 yrs old when this happened. How the sam hill did he get a judgement against her? I hope the former prosecutor loses. He collected money on behalf of Sharpton so why torture this young woman 25 yrs later? He might waive interest if she confesses?? Seems to me that this man should get himself a mental check up and soon.

  4. Interesting takes on this case. Many want to excuse Brawley due to her age. Yes, but she’s had a number of years to make it right and she was counseled by adults. In addition, if you lived in NY during the time this case took place and saw the newscasts and tabs; and were one of the accused, you might not be so eager to let it go.

  5. I think Mr. Pagones should go after Sharpton for the rest of the money and leave Brawly out of it. She was only 15 at the time. He should get her to tell exactly how all of this transpired and ask for an apology.

    She probably has to move now and it is going to be hard for her to find another job if she has lost this one.

  6. As has been noted, she was only 15 when all of this transpired, which is a significant mitigating factor, IMO.

    “She probably has to move now and it is going to be hard for her to find another job if she has lost this one.” -Bron

    Yes. And there are bigger fish, but we continue to stomp on the smaller ones.

  7. Magginkat – there’s no statute of limitations on the enforcement of a judgment, and the judgment in this case is 25 years old. She skipped out on her portion of the payment a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still owe it.

  8. “Thou shall not bear false witness . . . for it is expensive.”

    Sorry. I think deliberately deceitful claimants should get the stick as much as the convicted criminals. It’s a waste of time, system resources and a deliberate attempt to miscarry justice for profit and/or fame. And in all fairness? What’s up with Pagones not being able to find Sharpton and filing against him?

  9. Al Sharpton is living proof that one might espouse a noble cause, yet be an ignoble human being. I learned through the years that some people who are perceived as “champions” of a cause I believe in, can be as base at heart as some whose beliefs I oppose. The Reverend has proven himself every much an opportunist as someone like Rush Limbaugh, or Sarah Palin. Beware of those whose pose as your “friends” in equal amounts as those you would see as “enemies”.

  10. The government is not trusted by the majority of the populace because they falsely accuse so often (Pew Poll).

    Get the woman who made a false accusation when she was a 15 year old and let the war criminals go … yeah that’s the ticket.

  11. “I must confess that I have little sympathy for Brawley or the others.”

    I hate to think that my entire life would be judged by my actions as an easily manipulated 15-year-old kid. I think a teenager deserves a second chance and need not bear the stigma of something that happened 25 years ago. Call me a progressive or just someone who has raised kids. Also, as a person raised in Hopewell and with a law office in Bon Air, I feel a certain sympathy for Tawana (call it “geographic affinity”) who it seems wanted out of the limelight and into something more productive. It seems she’s turned her life around since her teenage years given her employment but that apparently counts for nothing.

    Mr. Pagones seems to want to wallow in this tragedy, and that is his right. However my sympathy reservoir for him is quickly ebbing. The only way the public finds out about a person’s residence and employment is if it’s leaked to the press by somebody with a grudge. The other people so affected –like the residents of The Laurels or Tawana’s immediate family — be damned, or so it seems. There’s plenty of recrimination to go around.

    Tell Tawana to give me a call. I’ll refer to a good bankruptcy lawyer and Mr. Pagones can head back on up to New York with his publicity intact and not much else. There is a time for things to end. This one should have ended about 25 years ago.

  12. mespo,

    Have you considered that Pagones may only want the publicity as a lever to force the deep pocket Sharpton to pay?

  13. Sharpton’s “talents” were honed being part of James Brown’s entourage. Now..James was a GREAT performer, but he was a baaaad man. Sound like Sharpton’s mentor??? Yes it do.

  14. Willing to waive the interest? Haha! Who does he think he’s kidding. He may never collect anything from Brawley and I guarantee he won’t collect anywhere near the amount of the principal, let alone the interest, from Brawley. Not that I blame him for seeking to collect on his judgment, I just think this will largely be a futile effort. Thus, it’s not about the money; it’s about punishing Brawley.

  15. I’ll never understand how race pimps like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are treated like respectable leaders.

    I also don’t understand how Obama can be fooled by the likes of those two.

  16. “I’ll never understand how race pimps like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are treated like respectable leaders.”

    They’re treated in the same way that bigotry pimps like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are treated. The only difference is that Sharpton and Jackson are fairly intelligent, while those I mentioned are either moronic or idiotic.

  17. mespo,

    Hardly sporting, but a feint against another manifestly unsporting opponent like Sharpton? I’d call that tactical but ethically grey.

  18. Al Sharpless is a sham and a disgrace, and it’s a shame that he still gets such media coverage. That MSNBC gives him a show demonstrates what kind of “values” MSMBC has. If you can find any, let me know.

  19. “That MSNBC gives him a show demonstrates what kind of “values” MSMBC has. If you can find any, let me know.”

    I would say it has somewhat better values than does FOX News, who has none.

  20. There is one other consideration here. What is happening in Pagones’ life that he needs to raise the issue now? If he could track down Crawley now he most certainly could have kept track of her then. Plus Sharpton has not hidden, and he has the deep pockets. I believe he is going for the big payday with Sharpton and will pass on trying to collect from Crawley when the dust settles.

  21. Carol, Jackson and Sharpton are afforded protected status because if you attack them you’re racist. Didn’t you get the memo?

  22. “I also don’t understand how Obama can be fooled by the likes of those two.”? For 20 years Obama sat in the church of the “Reverend” wrong. He knows exactly what he’s doing. In fact, I’m sure he saw how the Good “Reverend” dullton made such a big name for himself and he followed suite.

    Can the news media please report more on how Obama is killing innocent people with his drone attacks in foreign countries without an Act of War?

  23. The Grand Jury got it wrong. The suspects were extremely well connected, including connections in Albany. Tawana moved to Florida and refused to continue with the case b/c of how badly she was treated during the investigation. Sharpton was still willing but as long as she wanted out, he dropped it. She just wanted to get on with her life and not endure any more abuse.

    It’s my understanding that liens are good for some number of years (7?, 10?) and are then dropped unless they are renewed. Over the years, Pagones apparently kept the lien alive.

    fwiw, I respect Sharpton. He’s been in the front line of the continuing fight for civil rights for Blacks.

  24. Perhaps none of you remember what the young falsely accussed prosecutor went through. It was cruel and brutal. Should Sharpton have to personally answer for his actions of course but Ms. Brawley has a judgment against her that she has done everything to evade. She should have taken steps to clear this up years ago but she chose not too. If she was victimized it was by Sharpton not Mr. Pagones.

  25. I would not sharply criticize anyone here. If the judgment still stands againt big Al then by all means garnish his wages from MSNBC and each time payment comes through put the copy of the check on utube.

  26. If I was Tawana, I would have changed that first name while I was changing the rest of it. Maybe shorten it to Taiwan. Or simply Nurse. Oh, Nurse!

  27. Sharpten is not likely to be well regarded by those who don’t understand the on-going racism in this country. Rev. Sharpten sees it and doesn’t mince words in condemning it. He expects to be condemned for speaking out. The tone of his voice is sharp, not soothing. His pronunciation is more inner city than suburban. His verbal content is disturbing to those who don’t want to believe what he has to say.

    The Amsterdam News did an updated feature story on Tawana a number of years ago. I think I still have a copy and will try to find it next week.

  28. I wonder where the statute of limitations rest in this crap….

    I think we have some regular left leaning commenters missing….. Lol…

  29. Many thanks for reminding us what a scum bag Al Sharpton is. Black agitators today are more refined looking , better educated,well spoken and many have achieved great wealth & notoriety by helping poor black folks.

  30. In New York State, a judgment is presumed to have been paid within twenty years after it has been entered into the records of the appropriate county clerk. CPLR 211(b).

    Although Brawley (an infant at the time) was properly served with the summons and complaint, she did not appear in the civil action. After she attained her majority, a default judgment on liability only was entered against her in 1991. Due to the obstructive machinations of Sharpton, Maddox and Mason, the final judgment against all parties (including Brawley) was not entered until 1998.

    Since it has been less than fifteen years since entry, the judgment against Brawley, Maddox and Mason is still valid. No payments have been made.

    As has been noted above, the judgment against Sharpton was paid in full by Johnny Cochran (and others?).

    Maddox was suspended from the practice of law in 1990. Mason was disbarred in 1995.

  31. Thank God that this destructive, lying woman is going to have be accountable. She destroyed the lives of people and one man committed suicide because of her. Being 15 years old at the time isn’t an excuse. Al Sharpton should have been destroyed for doing this but he has prospered in the race baiting life he makes a good living at. Look at what a similar liar did to the Duke lacrosse men. I hope this man who found her makes her pay the interest and does not relent. If one is black there is black skin privilege. Reverse racism is the norm now and no one can stand up to it without being called a racist. Enough!

  32. tellthetruth:

    “Thank God that this destructive, lying woman is going to have be accountable. She destroyed the lives of people and one man committed suicide because of her. … Reverse racism is the norm now and no one can stand up to it without being called a racist. Enough!”


    I say again, another thunderous “Thank God” for visiting his wrath on a person you don’t like even if that “privileged” African-American teenager didn’t really cause the cop’s suicide according to his very own last note. (It was missing out on a state trooper’s job, but no matter, I say!! His vengeance must be served even if the facts don’t support it.)

    Tellthetruth, YOU are a role model for our stern, merciless times. You probably don’t realize it, butt it really is hard to find a blameless person.


    P.S. Your typing skills through that white hood are likewise commendable. Not one drop of venom on the page.

  33. Thank you for posting this. Like mespo727272, I lived in a nearby town (Beekman-Poughquag) at the time the story broke. It was awful for many reasons, but a 15-year-old’s error (encouraged by grown men who may or may not have known the truth) poisoned race relations even more in an area that already had race problems. All the revelations (and misunderstandings about facts) gave shelter to many who then felt empowered to spew racial insults against African Americans. It’s a tragedy from which the region still has not recovered.

  34. @bettykath

    Let’s stay with the facts, shall we?

    Pagones was required to prove defamation by clear and convincing evidence. As Justice Hickman observed, the Grand Jury heard from 180 witnesses, saw 250 exhibits and recorded over 6,000 pages of testimony.

    “It is inconceivable, even to lay persons without medical expertise such as those serving on the jury, that Brawley, a fifteen year old, could have been repeatedly raped and sodomized in two ways by six men over a four day period without significant physical evidence to support her allegations. The extensive cross-examination of those who treated and those who observed Brawley after she was discovered produced nothing of substance to sustain these allegations. [¶]

    “Defendants were all afforded broad opportunity to examine former Assistant Attorney General Ryan and to otherwise attack the efficacy of the Grand Jury report. In fact, the Court also signed a subpoena presented by Maddox for the appearance of Michael Baden, an expert in forensic pathology who testified before the Grand Jury. At the last moment, that subpoena was withdrawn. No other expert witnesses were called by Mason or Maddox to contradict the analyses of the various experts presented to the Grand Jury. Among these were psychological opinions, including one by Dr. Park Elliott Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist and professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at the University of Virginia. In the report at page 115, it is stated that ‘Dr. Dietz concluded that Tawana Brawley’s physical appearance when she was found is consistent with self-infliction and a false allegation.’ [¶]

    “One thing is certain, that Brawley did not foresee that Mrs. Joyce Lloray, a neighbor, would be observing her sneak around the corner of the building opposite the Lloray apartment, climb into the garbage bag and lie down. Mrs. Lloray was judged by this Court and obviously by the trial jury as well as the Grand Jury to be an extremely credible witness with no reason to testify to anything other than what she saw and observed. It was her call to the Dutchess County Sheriff, out of concern for Brawley’s welfare, which detailed her observations.”

    At trial, Sharpton did not urge that Brawley’s allegations were true, instead he argued that he had a First Amendment right to say whatever ridiculous things came into his mind, including naming Pagones as a brutal rapist.

  35. Sharpton is correct in what he says about many of the targets of his criticism, and many who criticize Sharpton are correct in what they say about him. Thus it usually goes when there is a really big, stinking, corrupt criminal enterprise going on and there are people opposing it from all sides of everywhere, the good, the bad and the ugly. Brawley, however, is a person who was in a state of disability (both by age and, obviously, by mental incapacity) when, at age 15, she lied about what happened to her. Nobody has taken a really close look at what particular elements were involved in her behavior when she was 15. Had she been charged with an actual crime she would have had to be tried as a minor and her sentence would have been based on that consideration too.

    About the suicide of a falsely accused cop, all I can say is that with the high numbers of people who are falsely accused BY the cops, one has to admit that there is injustice in what happened to that man but also that the system was not equipped to prevent it.

    Brawley was the kind of villain all the powerful love to make an example of: she is as unlikely to come up with qualified defenders now as she was when she got herself into the situation where she flung herself into the Hall of Shame.

  36. Tawana Brawley should apologize to Steven Pagones for her teenage theatrics of the late 1980’s Steven Pagones should apologize to Tawana for his adolescent and vengeful law suit that he recently filed. The family of Harry Crist Jr could discuss civilly and decently with Tawana Brawley the unintended grief that both families feel .
    There is something terribly amoral and misogynitic of the behaviors of some groups , who are quick to take advantage of a situation by making sure the “culprit ” will never have an opportunity to better herself .

  37. As a former resident of the village of Wappingers and knowing first hand what this mess did to so many innocent people I hope Pagones makes her pay the interest. She may have been 15 but she was and is scum, along with her parents and Sharpton. These lies ruined lives. Our court system felt it necessary for her to pay at 15 and she hasn’t why should she be let out just because so much time has passed? Our system failed in letting this go NOT Pagones. You are just as ignorant as her if you think she should be off the hook for what she did to our town and all the people involved!

  38. @Jess…… say. Is that some of that famous Christianity showing? “She was and is scum”? Are you trying to tell us that you have followed this woman for all these years and know all her personal details? Ruined your lives? Were you a victim or just a nosey busy body who knew someone who knew someone………..?

  39. I think reading the court’s actual opinion on the case is instructive.
    It is obvious that Brawley’s age was taken into account by the court, and they were willing to allow for the same arguments that some of you were making..except for the fact that she was an adult when the defamation trial took place, and still would not tell the truth, and continued to insist that she was a “heroine” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The court points out that her actions cost the system more than a million dollars and 12 jurors 8 months of their lives.. In addition to the fact that the prosecutor she falsely accused had his marriage fall apart. Horrible. She deserves to pay every penny, and damn straight that the same prosecutor would ask her to tell the truth, finally. For all that her lies cost him and others, it’s the least she can do.

  40. When I read the comments saying why is Pagones tracking down Brawley my answer is why not. This theiving liar along with Sharpton tried to smear men who did nothing but get in Al’s way so Al had to make them pay!!! Pagones should make Brawley pay and also get a PR firm and go after Sharpton. This race pimp along with Jackson, Lemont “Sanford” Hill, Malik Shabazz, and the occupier of the oval office need to be exposed. Not only to whites, but to blacks for misleading them.

  41. Lots of mistakes here:

    (1) Tawana and her 2 grifter parents went along with the hoax because Sharpton & Co. lined their pockets. Ralph King got a new Cadillac, Glenda Brawley got several thousand dollars a week (which she never paid taxes on). Tawana got a $35,000 Rolex and made tens of thousands speaking on college campuses. Glenda Brawley claims she was cheated because Sharpton only gave her $300,000 and she was promised $1 million if she went along with the hoax.

    (2) Sharpton lied repeatedly, defaming anybody who spoke the truth: the Democratic AG, the police, the FBI, the medical experts. He made up stories about 1-armed rapists, DNA on Tawana, etc.

    (3) Remember, this was ALL a like by Tawana and her mother to fool her drunken, drug-addict step-father who had murdered his 1st wife 15 years earlier. The problem was that Glenda Brawley’s sister (Tawana’s aunt) thought that it REALLY happened and called WCBS-2 in NY right after Thanksgiving. On a slow news night, it caught the attention of the FBI.

    Bingo….they were caught in a lie and decided better to run with it than tell the truth.

    Oh, yeah, the lie wasn’t new. Seems that Tawana got the lie from a school friend who used the same “I was raped by a couple of white men” but when the police went to her house the mother told the cops here daughter was a notorious liar and mentally disturbed. They let her off with a warning and that was it.

    Glenda Brawley was going to ‘fess up. She was going to talk to the Special Prosecutor and tell the truth. But then at the last minute she cancelled on the ‘advice’ of Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason. No doubt they told her to continue the con and if it disrupted her life, they’d make sure she was properly compensated.

    Put them all in jail.

  42. Al Sharpton doesn’t owe the guy anything because Al has friends with big bucks whom paid his tab. I don’t believe any U.S. court can make him pay twice. As far as Tawana Brawley, it was stated many times that she was a child @ the time which is very true. Also factor in she was being abused by he step dad who was a convicted killer. How many of you have ever been so scared of someone that you’d burn your clothes, cut your shoes, put them back on and smear feces over yourself to make a story convincing because you couldn’t take it anymore? She probably planned on running away until it got late and she realized she had no money and nowhere to go but back to the hellhole she came from. She’s guilty of allowing NOT being mature enough at 15 to stop the hurricane these adults created without thoroughly investigating the facts (?). I’m white, and I feel if that the former prosecutor should enjoy the rest of his life. If she’d been a little white girl like my daughter accusing black prosecutor and police of such a crime which later turns out untrue, but with circumstances like the ones I earlier described (abuse, etc.) then I’m sure we’d have different views towards ms. brawley. This guy CANT need the money, so what’s HIS angle? To further embarrass her? To financially destroy her? Is he expecting some rich black person like Beyoncé or Oprah to pay him on her behalf? She hasn’t apologized in a very long time. Neither has Al, but I don’t see him @ MSNBC studio asking Al for an apology. We can act blind and pretend racism is over but it’s very clear what’s going on right there. (no offense to anyone nor taking sides, just stating my point of view) Goodnight

  43. Every time I see Sharpton ion MSNBC, I remember the Brawley case and his role in it. It’s time for Rev. Al to pay up on behalf of Tawana. Scumbag.

  44. Awhitey, Steven Pagones has been very explicit: if Tawana tells the truth, he’ll drop the entire judgement of $490,000. It’s not about a 15-year old afraid of her parents beating the crap out of her, it’s about lying about it years and decades later. What, she’s still afraid at age 41 ??

    This lying tramp ruined his life. He lost his job and his marriage/family — all because this POS and her POS family wanted to play racial politics. The people of Wappinger Falls were slandered and defamed. The AG and Governor and people of Dutchess County were slandered. And NOW you want us all to forgive and forget….and let Al Sharpton continue to attack people like Don Imus on his sins of ‘racial insensitivity” ?????

    Tawana either ‘fesses up or the tramp pays off the judgement. If she can get Maddox or Sharpton or some rich sugar-daddy pimp to pay it off, fine, there’s no law against that. But she’s not getting off.

  45. Wisely, are you out of your cotton-picking mind ???

    “Steven Pagones should apologize to Tawana for his adolescent and vengeful law suit that he recently filed.”

    The lawsuit was filed in 1998. Tawana never showed up — forfeiture judgement. All she had to do was tell the truth — that she was out partying in Crack Alley and hanging out in her old apartment, not being raped by 6 white cops. But she couldn’t bother to show for the 1998 trial so too bad. Pagones has nothing to apologize for. It’s not a vengeful law suit — it’s a moral and principled one.

    Besides, if Tawana had invested the hundreds of thousands of $$$ she got for the scam, she’d have the money to pay him.

    “The family of Harry Crist Jr could discuss civilly and decently with Tawana Brawley the unintended grief that both families feel.”

    Again, are you NUTS ? Harry Crist killed himself and then was smeared as an attacker of Tawana’s, when the crack whore was never even attacked. How the hell does the Crist family being smeared compare to the ‘grief’ that the Brawley’s felt for going along with a scam and making $400,000 off of it ???

  46. This issue and all the venom and hate that goes with it needs to be put to rest. Buried. Many have suffered by it. We will have to let it go. All people involved need to go on with their lives and do some good for mankind. To wallow in this further cuts everyone off from what positive things can be done for ourselves and others. Let’s rekindle the love that all God’s people should have for each other and all living things created by God.

  47. Magginkat–You were not there. I was there when this came down. It was horrible what she did. She knew exactly what she was doing. If she had just recanted her story all this could have been avoided. She has never appeared at any of her court dates, she ditched town with her mother and changed her name. She may have moved on but many lives were ruined because of her LIE. She even had Bill Cosby, Don King and Mike Tyson, involved. This family needs to be in jail. They have lied and dodged and weaved the last 25 years. He deserves to be paid and I hope he gets every penny. Actually Al Sharpton should pay her bill since he is the one who acuated this whole scam to make a name for himself.

  48. Malisha

    “Brawley, however, is a person who was in a state of disability (both by age and, obviously, by mental incapacity) when, at age 15, she lied about what happened to her. Nobody has taken a really close look at what particular elements were involved in her behavior when she was 15. Had she been charged with an actual crime she would have had to be tried as a minor and her sentence would have been based on that consideration too.”

    She was never charged with anything. She should have been in jail along with her thieving, lying mother. This judgement is 25 years old. It’s about time she had to pay up. He spent much more in resources trying to hunt her down. This whole thing destroyed a town and many families. The defense even marched across the Bridge in support (protest) of This LIAR.
    She needs to pay up. All the lawyers have made their restitution She started it she needs to finish this by admitting it was a lie. I hope her wages are garnished for life and that this will somehow give some closure to the lives she infected and destroyed.

  49. She and Sharpton have blood on their hands. The guy will drop the case against her if she does the right thing. That’s the LEAST she could do for the family. As for Sharpton, he should have been tried for manslaughter.

  50. Tawanna is responsible for that young police officers suicide, she destroyed another man family, many families. NO excuses. She was old enough to go through with this heinous crime. She can certainly tell the truth. Why arent we all calling for Al Sharptons Arrest fir hate crimes against America? Say one word, no mattet how true against those animals and watch the double standard. Shame on Barry Obama for showing his true color and having Sharpton on his payroll. Pay up Tawana . That white devil is waiting:)

  51. I wholeheartedly agree w/ JH. This lying ass wench should pay for ALL the trouble she caused. Had the roles been reversed and it blacks being accused of assaulting a young white girl yet they weren’t guilty, the entire black race, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would wouldn’t only expect payment, but they would’ve keep the situation in the spotlight until the person (s) were paid in full.

    I hate what Sharpton and Jesse stand for: race baiting/race hustling.

    I saw a pic of Al recently and he looked like a crackhead character in drag. A hot mess.

    Jesse’s now being sued for sexual harrassment. Information about it is online. Unbelievable.

  52. Al Sharpton doesn’t deserve respect. Neither does Jesse. They haven’t done a damn thing good for the black race. Then again, maybe they have. Let’s see: They’ve held more protests and demonstrations that cause more harm than good. Leading folks into situations where they are sprayed w/ water hoses, bitten by dogs, and beaten w/ billy clubs. Oh yeah, they’ve really helped THE PEOPLE.

  53. This is not about Al Sharkton either. He was virtually unknown at this time. This is about a LIAR who ruined the lives of many people. She to this day still refuses to admit it’s a lie. She was in some kind of fundraiser where she was showered with monetary gifts and treated like a celebrity. This was just last May in NJ. This is appalling. She should be in jail.

  54. Oh yeah, honey, this is just as much about Al as it is about Tawana. He’s the expert(?) on these types of matters. Al was the adult who took it upon himself to advise this lying child and her parents. Instead of finding out/determing if this CHILD could be possibly lying (something we all know kids do), Al Sharpton heard these words: white men, police officer(s), young black girl, assaulted, and rape. That spelled out racist white cops and racism in america to Al and those other ppl who assumed this CHILD was telling the truth.

    If her stepdad/dad was a convict then why is her mother w/ such a man? Hadhe beat her for staying out late w/ her bf, would the cops been called on him? Just wondering.

  55. Oh, and about the article. Is she gonna actually forward that money to those who deserve it? B/C she shouldn’t be entitled to ANY money whatsoever.

    I’m asking b/c for some reason I can’t read this article.

  56. OMG! The article I just read on a different website has sickened my stomach. Let’s see:

    1.) Honoring her as a courageous victimof injustice.
    Are they serious? What was she a victim of? What injustice?

    2.) Tawana and her mom hailed for surviving society’s lies since 1987.
    Society didn’t accuse anyone of rape. TAWANA DID THAT. She had a GUILTY CONSCIOUS since 1987, and I hope she’s suffering, big time.

    3.) They described her as a young queen.
    Puh-leez. She’s a liar.

    4.) “ jews financed the slave trade” and “..whites are violent, cruel ice people.”
    What does this have to do w/ anything? Of course the ppl who think this way don’t know right from wrong. Everything blacks do that’s wrong and/or against the law is b/c of racism and slavery. So that makes it okay to do wrong and/or break the law. NEWSFLASH: TAWANA, HER MOM, NOR AL SHARPTON HAVE NEVER BEEN SLAVES!!

    5.) Back in the 80’s when all this happened, Tawana and her parents received large amounts of money, at least one vehicle, a Rolex, and Lord knows what else. Wonder where are THOSE gifts are now?

    6.) THANK GOD for that witness who came forth when she saw Tawana do all of those things to herself.

  57. Well, if George Zimmerman gets
    started now, he might be able to collect something for the defamation of his character by the time he’s ready to retire

  58. The facts are simple in this case! The false allegations here ruined personal and professional lives, cost people their jobs and good names, and brought so much stress to one person he seen the only relief from it by ending his own life!
    The whole time these lies were perpetrated and spread across the nation who was alongside the liar but a more charismatic experienced liar, Al Sharpton.
    Im not even calling him Reverend as that would be a disgrace to the Christian Community!!!!
    He is like a Vulture, an opportunist for the limelight! Now Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was a Real Christian, who spoke out publicly about ALL RACES joining together and equal treatment for ALL. And this was at a time when it was NOT popular for a man of color to do so, but as a Christian, and Great Leader amongst men, in that category he preached color blindness (used as ref only).
    This woman has had many years to right her wrong but chose to continue hiding from the system, late into adulthood!

    Pay your dues and hire Sharpton for the circus!!!

  59. Al Sharkton, was nobody until this case. he became famous by using this young woman. He even had some fundraiser for her just this past spring. She to this day refuses to admit what a lie this was. If there is a hell, she will surely go there.

  60. XLJohn says: “I find it reprehensible that you would publish her name, neighborhood and workplace.”

    Well I find it reprehensible that these facts should have been kept secret all these years, such that decent people remained defenseless against this disgraceul and remorseless reprobate.

    Really, would you be happy knowing that this person was tending to your loved ones in a nursing home? Really?

  61. I liked the article but you got a fact wrong: Harry Crist was not accused of anything until after he committed suicide. Whatever else the Brawley bunch might be guilty of they had nothing to do w/his suicide

  62. […] Originally Posted by Capim The fact that you have to go ALL THE WAY BACK TWENTY SIX YEARS … and btw, Brawley still claims the attack happened. There were obviously some problems with her story in which it became pretty clear she was trying to keep from getting in trouble with her violent parents. However, that doesn't mean that the attack didn't happen. It's likely she amped up the injuries so she could garner more sympathy to avoid being beaten by her mother and father. She was likely attacked, but like many females who have been attacked, she was afraid she was going to be accused of "asking" for it because she wasn't a perfect little angel. So she made her injuries much more obvious so she wouldn't be blamed. The problem isn't that Democrats use it too much, but that others give Democrats so many OPPORTUNITIES to point out their bigotry. IN THIS CASE, Zimmerman was ACCURATELY accused of racially profiling. He profiled him as a criminal, because he presumed blacks are always "up to no good". That's racial profiling, that's racism. She was ordered by the court to pay $500,000 Twenty-Five Years Later, Tawana Brawley Tracked Down In Virginia And Hit With Roughly $500,000 Bill … […]

  63. Carrie….GREAT stuff !!

    Folks…..Sharpton & Co. KNEW it was a hoax early on. Remember, Perry McKinnon (Sharpton’s aide and an honorable man) told Sharpton and Maddox that Glenda Brawley (Tawana’s mother) said she had seen evidence that Tawana was in the old apartment.

    In other words….the lying skank was not being held in the woods.

    Oh yeah….Joyce Loray SAW Tawana The Ho hop-hop-hop into the garbage bag and cover herself with s*** when Tawana The Ho thought nobody was looking at her.

    Better luck next time, Tawana.

    As for her judgement, she either fesses up and tells the truth that the advisors knew she was full of s*** — literally and figuratively — or she can work as a Crack Whore to pay off her judgement.

    Good riddance.

    This is what you get when you have a teenage welfare mom who then becomes a felon and marries a murder who killed his first wife.

    The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the rotten trees.

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