She later claimed that she had been kidnapped by two White men and driven to the woods where another four White men were waiting. She was then gang-raped repeatedly by the men over four days.
Details of her attackers were sketchy, and she couldn't give names or even a description of the attackers who ravaged her for four days.
Along came race hustler Al Sharpton on his black steed flanked by two Black civil rights attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason. Al Sharpton was a little-known civil rights activist back then, but he used this case to catapult himself into fame and fortune.Today he has his own low-rating TV show on the liberal dud channel MSNBC, where he gets to show the world daily what a
Less than a week after Brawley was discovered in the trash, Police Officer 28-year old Harry Crist was found dead in his apartment. It was later established that Crist had committed suicide due to a breakup with his girlfriend and over his failure to pass a state police examn and had nothing to do with the case. However, Sharpton and his two anti-White lawyers claimed it was because Crist was involved in the gang-rape. And when Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones offered an alibi for Crist, Sharpton et al dragged him into the case and accused him of taking part in the rape.
Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason generated a national media sensation, claiming that everyone from the local police to New York Governor Mario Cuomo was engaged in a cover-up. Tawana became a cause célèbre. Bill Cosby posted a $25,000 reward for information on the case and helped raise money for a legal fund; Don King promised $100,000 for her education; and boxer Mike Tyson gave her a $30,000 watch to ease her pain (yes, the same Mike Tyson who later served jail time for rape!).
After seven months of examining police and medical records and listening to the testimony of over 180 witnesses, the grand jury determined that Tawana's charges were false and that her condition when found had been self-inflicted.
Forensic tests found no evidence that a sexual assault of any kind had occurred. There was no evidence of exposure to elements, which would have been expected in a victim held for several days in the woods at a time when the temperature dropped below freezing at night. She was well nourished, had brushed her teeth recently and despite her clothes being burned, there were no burn marks on her body. Although a shoe she was wearing was cut through, Brawley had no injuries to her foot. The racial epithets written on her were upside down, which led to suspicion that Brawley had written the words. Testimony from her schoolmates indicated she had attended a local party during the time of her supposed abduction. One witness claimed to have observed Brawley's climbing into the garbage bag. Brawley never testified.
So in short, she had LIED. And the race hustlers Sharpton, Maddox and Mason knew it. Two of Sharpton's associates quit, claiming the reverend had known all along that the case was a hoax. Sharpton is nothing but a grub, as he's proved throughout the years, and most recently in the Trayvon Martin case, where he once again showed himself to be a fool.
So why did Madam Tawana lie?
On the day of her alleged disappearance, Tawana had skipped school to visit her boyfriend who was serving a six-month jail sentence. Running late, she needed an excuse to avoid punishment from her mother and her stepfather Ralph King.....so she was just a typical teenager, doing what they do best - lying to avoid the consequences to their actions.
However, in this case her little lie affected and destroyed many people's lives and inflamed racial tensions nationwide.
So, what's happened to her two lawyers since?
Well, C. Vernon Mason, champion of human rights, was disbarred (!) in 1995 for mistreating poor clients. At his hearing, the court cited 66 instances of professional misconduct with 20 clients over the course of 6 years.The ruling prohibited Mason from practicing law for three years.
The other civil rights genius, Alton H. Maddox, had his law license indefinitely suspended in 1990 after failing to appear before a disciplinary hearing to answer allegations regarding his conduct in the Ms Tawana case.
Quite a civil rights pair, eh?
So all this brings us to what has happened recently. Ms Tawana has been hiding out to avoid paying for a defamation suit filed by former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones (who gave suicide Crist an alibi). In 1998, Pagones won a defamation lawsuit against Sharpton, Brawley and her lawyers. Maddox was found liable for $97,000, Mason for $188,000, and Sharpton was ordered to pony up $66,000.
Ms Tawana was ordered to fork over $190,000 at 9 percent annual interest. None of that has been paid, which brings her total bill to $429,000 today.
Sharpton - who has such a big mouth when it comes to accusing and attacking innocent-till-proven-guilty people - couldn't even pay his own fine for lying. No, he got OJ Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran and other benefactors to pay it for him. What a man hey!
Despite hiding under an assumed name, Ms Tawana was recently tracked down by the New York Post. Mr Pagones has slapped her with a court order demanding she pay her fine; or to avoid the fine, she has to come clean with the truth. One or the other.
Pagones has every reason to be bitter. The fabricated case ended his career as a prosecutor and cost him his marriage.
I wouldn't be quite so forgiving as Mr Pagones. I'd make Ms Tawana pay EVERY last cent of her fine and if she wants to tell the truth, then she is free to do so.
However, handing over money is when she'll feel the most remorse!
|Sharpton pounding the streets, sustaining a hoax|
|Lawyers C. Vernon Mason (front left) and Alton H. Maddox Jr (front right) and Al Sharpton (middle back) - the three racist liars|
“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.
But The Post finally found Brawley last month, effectively leading Pagones and his lawyer to her.
She was living under the assumed name of Tawana Vacenia Thompson Gutierrez in Hopewell, Va., and working as a licensed nurse at The Laurels of Bon Air, a nursing home in nearby Richmond.
According to Pagones’ lawyer, Garry Bolnick, the single mom’s wages could be docked 10 to 25 percent per paycheck as retribution for her lies.
Pagones said he might waive his entitled windfall — if Brawley finally ’fesses up.
“There is a feeling of unfinished business to it,” he said of the case that ended his career and cost him his marriage. “I look at this as another opportunity for her to tell the truth.
“People criticize me for going after a hardworking single mother trying to support herself and child. My argument has been she has not been held accountable.
“If she is not going to tell the truth, then it is about the money. That is the only way to hold her accountable,” said Pagones, who is now principal owner of a private investigations firm.
But Pagones said he wonders if Sharpton will again try to rush to her aid and bail her out.
“I’ve got to believe since he is primarily responsible for all the damage done, I would think he would come to her aid. That’s what I expect,” Pagones said.
Seemingly a lifetime ago, a 15-year-old Brawley of Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County was found in a trash bag covered in feces with the words “n- - - -r” and “bitch” scrawled upside down on her body and “KKK” carved into her shoe.
Sharpton, still relatively unknown outside New York City, and lawyers Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, immediately took up her cause as she claimed she was attacked by a gang of white men, including Pagones.
When 28-year-old Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., committed suicide a week later — likely over a romantic breakup and failing the New York State Police exam — Sharpton and his allies used the incident to accuse Crist of participating in the rape.
When Pagones, a friend of Crist, offered an alibi for his besmirched dead friend, he found himself accused of raping Brawley nearly three dozen times.
After a year of hell, a grand jury found Brawley’s accusations without any merit. She likely fabricated the story because she feared her stepfather’s wrath for staying out late, according to the grand-jury evidence.
“This has been on my mind every time Sharpton has been in the news,” Pagones said of the case.
“I am reminded of the damage Tawana Brawley, Sharpton, Mason and Maddox caused. It’s something I live with all the time.”
In 1997, Pagones won a defamation lawsuit against Sharpton, Brawley and her lawyers.
Maddox was found liable for $97,000, Mason for $188,000, and Sharpton was ordered to pony up $66,000, money that was coughed up by O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran and others.