Pay-up Time for Brawley: ’87 Rape-Hoaxer Finally Shells Out for Slander

Michael Gartland, New York Post, August 4, 2013

Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.

Last week, 10 checks totaling $3,764.61 were delivered to ex-prosecutor Steven Pagones—the first payments Brawley has made since a court determined in 1998 that she defamed him with her vicious hoax.

A Virginia court this year ordered the money garnisheed from six months of Brawley’s wages as a nurse there.

She still owes Pagones $431,000 in damages. And she remains defiantly unapologetic.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Pagones, 52, who to this day is more interested in extracting a confession from Brawley than cash.

“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.”

Brawley’s advisers in the infamous race-baiting case—the Rev. Al Sharpton, and attorneys C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox—have already paid, or are paying, their defamation debt. {snip}

She’s now forced to pay Pagones $627 each month, possibly for the rest of her life. Under Virginia law, she can appeal the wage garnishment every six months.


Pagones filed for the garnishment with the circuit court in Surry County, Va., in January, a few weeks after The Post tracked down Brawley to tiny Hopewell, Va.


She was only 15 when she claimed she was the victim of a crime whose shocking brutality sparked a national outrage and stoked racial tensions.

Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton at a rally in 1988.

Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton at a rally in 1988.

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