LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former high school football star whose dreams of a pro career were shattered by a rape conviction burst into tears Thursday as a judge threw out the charge that sent him to prison for more than five years. Brian Banks, now 26, pleaded no contest 10 years ago on the advice of his lawyer after a childhood friend falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus. In a strange turn of events, the woman, Wanetta Gibson, friended him on Facebook when he got out of prison. Brian Banks broke into tears after hearing that his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday. In an initial meeting with him, she said she had lied; there had been no kidnap and no rape and she offered to help him clear his record, court records state. But she refused to repeat the story to prosecutors because she feared she would have to return a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools. During a second meeting that was secretly videotaped, she told 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,” according to a defense investigator who was at the meeting. It was uncertain Thursday whether Gibson will have to return the money.
Probably the first thing a chick’s ever done right on Facebook right? Like nobody wants to hear what you’re eating right now with an Instagram picture of what you cooked. Nobody wants to hear a constant stream of what mood you’re in with accompanying Dave Matthews lyrics. Nobody wants to know your thoughts about unnamed anonymous bitches. They do however want you to drop them a line if you falsely accused them of rape and kidnapping and they just spent 10 years of their life fighting the charges and 5 years in prison getting branded a rapist by society and losing all hopes of a pro football career making millions of dollars. That is something you can definitely shoot over via FB message or wall post. Seriously they’re trying to say Facebook isn’t worth investing in? That the IPO is a disaster because it’s going to go the same way as MySpace and Friendster? Umm not sure there’s a bigger interconnected social platform on the planet than the one where you can hit up an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and catch up on things like how their family is, what they’re up to these days, and oh yeah you are now exonerated of kidnapping me and forcibly fucking me because I was just joking LOL.