Tawana Brawley Made to Pay Up for Slander Now Owes $431,000

Tawana Brawley, now 41, resides in Richmond, Va., and is a nurse.
Tawana Brawley, ordered to pay one of the men she described as one of her attackers during a four-day rape and torture in New York in 1987.  Now 41, Brawley resides in Richmond, Va., and is a nurse.

In 1987, Tawana Brawley of Wappingers Falls, New York, told police that she was raped and tortured by several white men, some of them officers as she noticed a holster and badge during the assault. They wrote “n****r” and “bitch” on her torso with feces, and she was found in a trash bag in burned clothes.  In 1988, a jury concluded that her claims were all a part of an elaborate hoax, and in 1998, she was ordered to pay $190,000 for slander.

Now, in 2013, Tawana Brawley’s judgement of $190,000 to pay one of the men who was named as an attacker, former county prosecutor Steven Pagones, has ballooned with nine percent interest, to a whopping $431,492.  According to the New York Post, she has avoided paying the sum until now.

Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley at a rally on her behalf in Atlanta, July 20, 1988 (AP Photo/Neil Brake)
Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley at a rally on her behalf in Atlanta, July 20, 1988 (AP Photo/Neil Brake)

Brawley’s supporters were civil rights activist, Al Sharpton, who was not as well known then, attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, who hit the street and rallied the community which was answered with full support. Celebrities like Bill Cosby, offered a $25,000 reward for information on the case, and Don King, promised $100,000 for Brawley’s education.  Also, supporters of all kinds helped to raise money for her legal fund.

Spike Lee even supported her further after the jury ruled her story as a hoax, by putting the graffiti image “Tawana told the truth” on a wall in his 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing”.  Brawley is now residing in Richmond, Virginia, and is a nurse.  Pagones has offered to drop the settlement against her if she only goes on record and states that she lied.

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-J.C. Brooks

5 thoughts on “Tawana Brawley Made to Pay Up for Slander Now Owes $431,000”

  1. This heffa had the nerve to tell that big ol’ lie. Huge mistake. She was out w/ her then boyfriend pass curfew and got too scared to go home. Her mom’s bf was an abusive ex-con who had a bad temper and she was afraid that he would beat her. So Tawana did all of that stuff to herself. A neighbor testified in court that she witnessed Tawana doing some things that she claimed was done by white men (officers).

    Hell yeah, she oughtta pay and Al Sharpton oughtta help with the bill. Some rich businessmen raised some money for him, but Al still hasn’t paid the balance. Till this day, not one dime has come out of Al’s pocket.

    All of those rallies for a girl who knew she hadn’t told the truth. One officer killed himself over this lying heffa’s lies.

    Back then, Tawana, her mom, and stepdad received all kinda gifts: cash, cars, and a Rolex to name a few. Wonder if they still have those gifts after all this time.

    Blacks such as Tawana, her family, and Al Sharpton have to be held accountable for their actions. Force them to pay I say.

    A fund-raiser was recently held for Tawana to help pay the hundreds of thousands she owes. For some reason, she refuses to admit that she lied about that incident so many years ago.

    I really hope they don’t allow Big Mouth Al off the hook. Make him pay b/c if the situation was reversed, Al wouldn’t let it be forgotten that somebody owed him money.

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