New York – Tawana Brawley Begins Making Defamation Payments


    The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Tawana Brawley walk to hold a news conference outside at Federal Court in Manhattan in this 1990 file photo. (The Associated Press)New York – A black woman who set off a racial firestorm as a teenager after alleging she was raped by a group of white men in 1987 has begun making defamation payments to one of them.

    Tawana Brawley has paid just over $3,700 to former county prosecutor Steven Pagones, the New York Post reported ( Pagones won a claim against her and her advisers, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, after he was named as an attacker.

    Brawley, then 15 and living in Wappingers Falls, claimed she had been sexually assaulted by white men who who smeared her with feces and scrawled racial epithets on her body.

    The case quickly made headlines and drew the attention of Sharpton, who became an outspoken advocate for the teen.

    A special state grand jury later determined that Brawley had fabricated her claims, perhaps to avoid punishment for staying out late.

    Pagones sued Brawley for defamation and won a $185,000 judgment. She now owes him more than $400,000 with interest.

    Brawley lives in Virginia and works as a nurse. The Post reported her location in December, and Pagones then filed papers to have her wages garnished for the payments owed him.

    Her parents have insisted Brawley’s claim of being raped was true.

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    10 years ago

    And how about collecting from the vile race hustler Sharpton? he walks around with
    expensive jewlery.

    10 years ago

    Good News. How old was she when she made the allegations?
    Also, how long, for how many years, does a judgment remain collectable and in effect??? Is a NY judgment effective in other states?

    10 years ago

    how much has sharpton paid

    10 years ago

    better justice served late than never

    yaakov doe
    yaakov doe(@yaakov-doe)
    10 years ago

    She’s doing the right thing unlike her advisor, the Reverand, who claimed in a deposition that he owned nothing, that even the suits he wore were owned by his National Action Movement.

    10 years ago

    Why don’t they go after that mamzer Sharpton and make him pay too?

    10 years ago

    This is the case that made Al Sharpton famous. Even though it was a hoax and a lie, the people of color supported him and continue to do so. Unbelievable.

    10 years ago

    And the Rev. Al is still in politics, making money but not on the books or he would also have to pay

    Noble Member
    10 years ago

    She’s not exactly making payments. Her wages are being garnished, i.e., the money is being taken from her against her will.