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Tawana Brawley Begins Making Defamation Payments

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Tawana Brawley has begun making defamation payments to one of the men that she falsely accused of rape in 1987.

At the age of 15, Brawley, who was living in Wappingers Falls, claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by a gang of white men who then smeared her with feces and wrote racial slurs all over her body. The accusation quickly made national headlines, but was later determined to be a hoax. Brawley reportedly made the false claim to avoid receiving punishment from being out past her curfew.

Last week, ten checks totaling $3,764.61 were delivered to the man that she accused of this horrible crime, ex-prosecutor Steven Pagones. Pagones had sued Brawley, as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton, and attorneys C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox, for defamation. Sharpton, Mason and Maddox have all paid or are currently paying their debt back to Pagones. Brawley was ordered to pay $185,000 in the defamation judgment but had refused to pay anything to Pagones until this week. She now owes Pagones more than $400,000 with interest. Brawley has been ordered to pay a monthly payment of $627. “Finally, she’s paying something,” said Pagones’ attorney, Gary Bolnick. “Symbolically, I think it’s very important. You can’t just do this stuff without consequences.”

More than the money, Pagones says that he would rather receive an apology from Brawley. “Every week, she’ll think of me,” he told The Post. “And every week, she can think about how she has a way out, she can simply tell the truth.” Sadly, the apology he wants will probably never happen. Brawley and her parents still stick to the story that she was raped.

Tawana Brawley Begins Making Defamation Payments


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  • William M. Rose

    Unfortunately that scumbag Sharpton is out there still spewing his racist, bigoted drivel and has his own show. He continued to falsely claim Brawley was raped even after she confessed it was a hoak. Sharpton is a disgrace to his race and to humanity, yet the liberal media give him a forum to continue his race-baiting propaganda.

    • DWIGHT Collins

      Is the man all that, look at what is happening today.

  • sondra

    Brawly has no soul

  • Wendy White

    This is why you never believe the woman!

  • This Happens A Lot

    There are a lot of men in prison because the false claims of a woman.

    If a woman lies and a guy is sent to prison, she should be charged with attempted murder because that is what it is. She should be in prison serving time.

  • Hmmm…..

    Sex crimes in America are the easiest to lie about. The evidence standard is extremely low.

    Just look at those online vigilantes setting guys up. Half of the vigilantes have criminal records or are under investigation by authorities. Many vigilantes have been arrested for having child pornography (what better way to hide the fact you are a pedophile than to say you are trying to “bust” online predators). The guy doesn’t even see a person and the vigilantes do not have to turn over computers to the authorities. The vigilantes literally just show up with word documents that can’t be verified.

    If really knew what happens in our courtrooms they will be shocked. It is crazy.

  • Haywood Jablomi

    Tawana was definitely a lying shank ho. But for every Tawana Brawly their seems to be an Anthony Weiner.

  • Don

    So they finally tracked her down. She knew this day was coming.
    She will probably put out some apology and then claim that it was coerced. Or she may go back into hiding. But no one seems to be
    taking her side. And they should not. Too many men suffer because of a woman’s lies. But now with DNA testing, fewer men go to prison because of some fictitious rape. That is one thing to be grateful for.

  • Tom

    Tawana Brawley as “began” making payments….? It’s unfortunate that Ms. McCaine doesn’t have a better understanding of the English language or enough pride in her own work to do at least a minimum amount of proofreading.

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