Even though Tawana Brawley was just a baby when she made a mistake back in 1987, people are still going after her for life. Over 25 years ago, Brawley committed an act that almost ruined the career of Rev. Al Sharpton even before it began. She lied about being raped and had the nation rallying to support her as a victim of severe brutality on the part of law enforcement officers.
Now, 25-years later, Brawley is being told to repay the money she owes to the man that she falsely accused of rape. She’d been hiding for the past quarter century, but she can’t run any longer. The new court order has finally arrived at Brawley’s house, and the courts aren’ t taking no for an answer.
“For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, the man who Brawley falsely accused of rape back in 1987.
“To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ he said
Pagones is owed $190,000 from a defamation lawsuit he filed against the young girl. Since that time, Brawley has lived under an assumed name and worked as a nurse in Virginia. Now that interest has been applied for 25 years, Brawley owes Pagones $431,492, an amount that she will probably never be able to repay in its entirety.
Brawley was found after the New York Post hunted her down. The Post hasn’t always been a friend to Rev. Al Sharpton, so there may be a bit of revenge laced in their motives.
Brawley was living under the assumed name of Tawana Vacenia Thompson Gutierrez in Hopewell, Va. and working as a licensed nurse. She may be docked 25 percent of her paycheck to repay Pagones for what she did to him.