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 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. I find it reprehensible that you would publish her name, neighborhood and workplace.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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:)

  13. 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.

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