Brian Banks: The Unjust Accusation

Brian Banks was a high school football star in California who was wrongly convicted of rape in 2002 at the age of 17. He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation, and he was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The key points of his wrongful conviction are:

  1. Banks was accused of rape by a fellow student, who claimed that he had dragged her into a stairwell and assaulted her.

  2. Despite maintaining his innocence, Banks was advised by his attorney to take a plea deal that would result in a reduced sentence of 18 months in prison and five years of probation.

  3. After serving five years in prison and five years on probation, Banks was finally exonerated in 2012 when his accuser admitted that she had fabricated the story.

  4. Banks’ case highlights the flaws in the criminal justice system, including the pressure to accept plea deals and the difficulty of proving innocence after a conviction.

  5. Following his exoneration, Banks has become a prominent advocate for criminal justice reform and has worked to help others who have been wrongly convicted.

1 Falsely Accused of Rape, Former High School Football Star Finally Cleared

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24 mei 2012


LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — After a decade, it was the judgment that Brian Banks and his lawyers from the California Innocence Project fought for: Case dismissed.

“My only dream in the world was to just be free and to have the same opportunity as everybody here,” said Banks following Thursday’s hearing.

At age 16, Brian Banks had been a popular student at Polytechnic High in Long Beach, an athlete being scouted by eight colleges.

He verbally accepted an offer to attend the University of Southern California on a four-year scholarship when a serious accusation came from a fellow classmate and childhood friend.

Wanetta Gibson, then 15 years old, claimed Banks had raped her at school. With a case of he said she said, Banks did as his lawyers urged — to plead no contest and accept a short prison term rather than risk a long one.

Gibson collected $1.5 million after suing the school. Banks spent five years in prison and five years on parole, finally reaching out to California Project Innocence. But the case turned when the alleged victim contacted him through Facebook asking to be his friend.


2 Wrongfully Jailed For Rape As A Teen, He Now Helps Others Falsely Convicted | Megyn Kelly TODAY

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9 jan. 2018

Accused of rape by a fellow student, Brian Banks accepted a plea deal and went to prison on his 18th birthday. Years later he was exonerated with the help of the California Innocence Project. He’s joined on Megyn Kelly TODAY by Project director Justin Brooks and former prosecutor Loni Coombs, with whom he now examines other potentially wrongful convictions on the series “Final Appeal.”

3 BRIAN BANKS | Official Trailer

24 apr. 2019

Watch the official trailer for BRIAN BANKS. In theaters August 9th. — The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

4 Football Star Exonerated After 10-Year Wrongful Conviction | NowThis

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27 aug. 2019

Football star Brian Banks spent 5 years in prison and another 5 years on probation after being falsely accused of rape — but he doesn’t want his story to diminish survivors’ stories.
In US news and current events today, Brian Banks sat down with NowThis News to talk about being one of many exonerated prisoners found to be innocence by the Innocence Project and other organizations like it. The Brian Banks story as explained by Banks is that he was at the top of high school football and had a promising career, but was derailed after being falsely accused of rape and then caught in a wrongful conviction. Documentary shorts like this highlight the innocence project cases that could help change the criminal justice system. A new film about Brian Banks highlights his story.
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5 From prison to the NFL exonerated Brian Banks signs deal with Falcons

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4 apr. 2013


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6 Brian Banks: A Family Re-United

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6 apr. 2013

Brian Banks continues to tell his story. It’s aired on national news, on Jay Leno, even 60-Minutes. But none have what I witnessed when welcomed into his mother’s home.
It’s been less than a year since Banks was cleared of a crime that sent him to prison for five years and on parole for another five. Thanks to the California Innocence Project he walked out of a courtroom a truly free man, exonerated of a crime he says never happened. His mom says she’s still “grinning from ear to ear.”
While it was among the first times his mom, Leomia Myers, was talking in depth about it, it was his baby brother who stunned and silenced mom’s living room. Brandon broke down, sobbing over what was lost and what could have been. His mom told me these brothers had never had this conversation. The two embraced long and hard with Brandon saying “I love you, man.”

7 Brian Banks Is Using His Life Experience To Help Others In ‘Final Appeal’

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28 dec. 2017

This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News Show on Thursday December 28th, 2017.

8 Falsely Accused: How Former High School Athlete Got His Life Back

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When he was in high school, standout football player Brian Banks was falsely accused of a terrible crime. It took years for him to be fully exonerated. Now, his story has been turned into a motion picture, “Brian Banks,” starring Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear. Banks told, “I’m using my hardship and traumatic experiences as fuel to propel me forward toward seeing that no one has to experience what I went through.

9 Brian Banks on exoneration, second chance

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5 dec. 2012

Brian Banks speaks to the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts about his years in prison, and his new life after being exonerated of a rape he didn’t commit.

10 Brian Banks thankful for time in Atlanta

31 aug. 2013

Brian Banks joins FOX Football Daily to talk about his experience with the Atlanta Falcons.

11 Brian Banks: #FalseRape Accuser Recants

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3 okt. 2016

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12 How A Private Investigator Got The Confession THAT HELPED EXONERATE BRIAN BANKS!!!!

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14 jun. 2012

13 Brian Banks on Prison Time During Wrongful Conviction, Exoneration, and Movie Deal | FAIR GAME

8 aug. 2019

Former high school football star Brian Banks shares with Kristine Leahy the powerful story of his wrongful conviction, subsequent exoneration, and upcoming major motion picture release.

14 Brian Banks discusses his story & the ’what ifs’ on NFL career | SPEAK FOR YOURSELF

13 aug. 2019

Brian Banks discusses his inspirational story of being wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Banks talks not being bitter and NFL career.

15 Aldis Hodge Talks “Brian Banks,” “City on a Hill,” FNL & More w/Rich Eisen | Full Interview | 8/1/19

1 aug. 2019

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The first time I heard Brian’s story was on the old Rich Eisen podcast… it was so impactful. I’m glad the world gets to hear his story and hopefully it can impact others.

16 America’s Guilty Plea Problem: Brian Banks

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23 jan. 2017

17 Latest Victory for the California Innocence Project

Brian Banks promising football career was cut short in 2002 when he was wrongly convicted of rape at only 17 years old. Last week, an LA County judge overturned the conviction, thanks in large part to work on his case by the California Innocence Project. Banks is not alone. A new database released last week documents hundreds of exonerations since 1989.

3 apr. 2014

Please support the work of the California Innocence Project! Note: Students at Orange Coast College put together this public service announcement for CIP as a class project. We think it came out pretty good! Thanks, OCC students!

18 Brian Banks on His NFL Tryout after Wrongfully Spending 5 Years in Prison | The Rich Eisen Show

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19 Brian Banks & Aldis Hodge Talk “Brian Banks” Movie & More w/Rich Eisen | Full Interview | 9/19/18

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20 Wrongfully Convicted BRIAN BANKS Speaks Out About New Movie, NFL Career and Staying Positive

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Emmy-Winner Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) sits down to talk with the real Brian Banks and the stars and director of the new movie BRIAN BANKS — Director Tom Shadyac, Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd!

21 Brian Banks’ NFL Debut After Five Years in Prison

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Football player plays first game after he served time for a crime he did not commit.

22 Blindsided: The exoneration of Brian Banks

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Has Brian Banks’ dream of an NFL career been delayed or even destroyed by a false charge of rape and 5 years in prison? James Brown reports.

23 BRIAN BANKS Official Trailer (2019) Morgan Freeman

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BRIAN BANKS Official Trailer Movie in theatre this August. © 2019 – Bleecker Street

24 Man cleared of rape lands NFL job

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CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux talks with Brian Banks about football, exoneration, and his bright future.

24 Brian Banks. Exonerated and on a Mission

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In training to once again try out for the NFL, Brian Banks is in great shape! “But not the kind of shape to walk 600 miles” he laughs. That trek is being taken up by his attorney from California Innocence Project. The goal is to bring attention to a handful of cases attorney Justin Brooks calls “wrongful convictions.” Just last May Banks was exonerated. The former high school football star was cleared of sexually assaulting a classmate. While it was welcome news, Banks broke down as he’d already spent five years in prison and five years on parole. On that day, he went from “sex predator” to “innocent.” I caught up with Banks as he and Brooks embark on this effort to free others wrongfully behind bars.

25 Justin Brooks On The Innocence Project, Truth & “Brian Banks”

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9 aug 2019

Justin Brooks, a lawyer who helped overturn Brian Banks’ wrongful conviction, shares his favorite line from “Brian Banks”: “The truth matters.” He shares details on the film as well as his thoughts on the ways in which our broken justice system needs to change.

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