Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her.
“For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post.
“To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than a decade ago.
At 9 percent interest, that debt, which Brawley never attempted to pay off, now totals $431,492, according to the wage-garnishment papers filed in Virginia’s Surry County Court.
Brawley — whose unbelievable lies made the Rev. Al Sharpton a household name as he bombastically championed her cause — had changed her name and moved down South in the years since she was exposed.
Her fugitive-like antics long thwarted Pagones’ efforts to serve her with the court papers needed to get the financial damages due him.
Seems to me Al Sharpton should take some of the responsibility for this hoax and be made to help pay her debts. Tawana should sue Al.
Let’s face it – yeah she told a whopper of a lie – but she was 16 years old and Al used her just as much as he used the media. Once she told the lie and then she had all this media attention, it was kind of hard for her to admit to the entire nation she was a liar. She was being manipulated by Al and prodded to tell her story to a national audience.
She was probably also seeing dollar signs, being told to just keep telling her story and when it’s all over she was going to be one filthy rich girl. Who cares if it affects some innocent white people? Think about all the injustices that have been perpetrated against innocent black people by white people. Payback time.
We have had cases where grown women’s husbands have committed horrible crimes. The wives were aware of these crimes, but because they were so manipulated, and so in fear of their husbands that they were not convicted as accessories to the crime.
I am sure Tawana was in great fear of the retaliation she might receive from some people if she were to admit she lied once the lie went national.