Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rev. Al Sharpton: How Deception Brought Fame and Fortune


Brawley’s defiant life in hiding

‘25 years have passed. At any time, she could have said, “I want to tell the truth” ’


Her silence is deafening.
Twenty-five years after the spotlight first glared on Tawana Brawley — a black woman who as a teen claimed she was raped by a gang of white men, smeared with feces and stuffed in a garbage bag — she’s desperately struggling to stay hidden from public view.
“I don’t want to talk to anyone about that,” Brawley, 40, said recently after The Post found her in Hopewell, Va., where she lives in a neatly kept brick apartment complex with signs warning of video surveillance cameras.
By all appearances, her life — so chaotic a quarter-century ago — now seems normal.
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
AP
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
J.C. Rice
Brawley, using aliases such as Thompson and Gutierrez, now has a young daughter, a neighbor says, and works as a licensed practical nurse at The Laurels of Bon Air in Richmond, where co-workers were clueless about her past.
“Are you serious? We don’t know her by that name. Isn’t that a trip?” squealed one staffer, who called Brawley, known to staff as Tawana Gutierrez, “a good worker.”
On a recent Friday, Brawley, noticeably heavier and dressed in pink scrubs, emerged from her apartment at about 6:30 a.m. with a small child and a man wearing red hospital scrubs.
The two left in separate cars — Brawley in a Chrysler Sebring and the man and child in a Ford Taurus.
She arrived at work in Richmond about 30 minutes later, and the man pulled in minutes afterward.
Hopewell — where Brawley has lived for at least a year, according to a neighbor — has the highest rate of violent crime per capita of any city or town in Virginia, local cops say. Plagued by drugs and guns, it had five murders in the last three weeks. Jittery residents call police at even the slightest suspicion.
“You break wind here and they call us,” one veteran officer said.
State records show “Tawana V. Gutierrez” and “Tawana V. Thompson” have held the same nursing license since 2006. The Virginia Board of Nursing confirmed issuing it to a “Tawana Vacenia Thompson Gutierrez.”
Brawley maintains a PO box in Claremont, Va., under the name Gutierrez, according to sources.
That town is a 45-minute drive from Hopewell and is the residence of her stepdad, Ralph King, who spent seven years in prison in the 1970s for killing his first wife.
Locals in the rural mill town described King, who lives in a ramshackle house near the end of a dead-end street where dogs run wild, as a nasty man and said they hadn’t seen Tawana in years.
“He’s real mean,” one man said.
King declined to be interviewed.
A QUARTER-century ago, Brawley, then just 15, told a story incredible for its sheer brutality.

After she went missing for four days from her home in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County, Brawley was found in a trash bag on Nov. 28, 1987, dazed, covered in feces and with the words “n----r” and “b---h” scrawled in charcoal on her body and “KKK” carved into her shoe.
Initially, Brawley said little, simply nodding or writing notes when investigators questioned her and revealing that she had been abducted by two white men in a dark car who drove her to the woods, where four other white men were waiting.
Details were in short supply. Tawana couldn’t offer names or even a description of the attackers who ravaged her for four days.
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
AP
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
J.C. Rice
She said her memory went blank from the time she was attacked until she was discovered. Though she did recall that one of her attackers had blond hair, a holster — and a badge.
The shocking allegations polarized New York City — already a powder keg of racial tension a year after a white mob attacked three black teens in Howard Beach, Queens, killing one.
The case attracted attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, and the then-little-known Rev. Al Sharpton, who used it to catapult to the national stage.
Less than a week after Brawley was discovered, Fishkill Police Officer Harry Crist Jr., 28, was found dead in his apartment.
Soon, Brawley’s advisers would name Crist as a suspect in the rape. And when Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones offered an alibi for Crist, Pagones suddenly found himself also accused.
Sharpton and Brawley’s lawyers claimed — without proof — that Pagones kidnapped, abused and raped Brawley on 33 occasions.
They also fingered state trooper Scott Patterson, a friend of Crist and Pagones, who found Crist’s body.
Brawley became a cause célèbre. Bill Cosby posted a $25,000 reward for information on the case; Don King promised $100,000 for Brawley’s education; and boxer Mike Tyson gave her a $30,000 watch to ease her pain.
But a grand jury found in 1988 that Brawley was never raped and the whole incredible case was all a hoax.
The panel, which heard from 180 witnesses over its seven-month investigation, found evidence that Brawley ran away from home and was hiding out in the vacant apartment from which her parents were just evicted and that she spun her yarn to avoid being punished for staying out late and missing school.
Many believe Brawley feared her stepdad King’s wrath and needed an alibi for her absence.
The hateful words scrawled on Brawley’s body were upside down — likely written by Brawley herself, and traces of the charcoal-like material were found under her fingernails, the grand jury found.
Brawley showed no signs of genital trauma or exposure. No semen was found. The feces on her body was traced to her neighbor’s dog. One witness said Brawley was seen climbing into the garbage bag.
The grand jury found that Crist committed suicide because he was upset after breaking up with his girlfriend and over his failure to pass a state police exam. His death, the panel found, “had no connection with any incident involving Tawana Brawley.”
“It is probable that in the history of this state, never has a teenager turned the prosecutorial and judicial systems literally upside down with such false claims,” state Supreme Court Justice S. Barrett Hickman wrote at the time.
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
AP
UPROAR: Tawana Brawley joins Al Sharpton at an Atlanta rally in June 1988 — four months before her rape claim was exposed as a lie.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
STARTING OVER:Tawana Brawley, who ignited a racial firestorm as a teen (above) in Dutchess County, goes to work as a nurse in Virginia.
J.C. Rice
These days, Pagones, still a lawyer but now a principal at a New York-based private-investigation firm, is trying to forget the name Tawana Brawley. But he can’t.
“It’ll come up randomly. It’ll come up when something happens with Sharpton,” he told The Post.
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, money that was paid by celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran and other benefactors.
Brawley 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.
Pagones, who served as Dutchess County assistant district attorney until 1990, continues to search for her.
“Through her silence, she’s as guilty of libel as Maddox, Mason and Sharpton,” he said. “The only way to hold her accountable — at least at this stage — is financially.”
Pagones contends that after all these years, Brawley still should publicly state he did not rape her.
“I absolutely think she was manipulated by Mason, Maddox and Sharpton,” he said. “But even if at the time she was being victimized by them, 25 years have gone by. At any time she could have told someone, ‘I want to tell the truth.’ To me, she’s no longer a victim.”
The case haunts him but no longer dominates his life as it once did.
“I had to sit down with my daughters and explain to them that this was a case where someone made reckless allegations,” he said. “It didn’t ruin me, but it certainly had a huge impact on every aspect of my life.
“It’s not about the money, but the money is the only way I can hold her accountable.”
Pagones blames Sharpton more than anyone else for his troubles.
“I don’t ever expect him to say he’s sorry, but he should at least come clean and admit that, after the trial, that now he knows Steven Pagones had nothing to do with Tawana Brawley,” Pagones said.
Pagones is correct: To this day, Sharpton remains unapologetic.
“Does Donald Trump owe the Central Park Five an apology? He advocated in the Central Park case what he believed, I advocated what I believe,” he told The Post, referring to Trump’s full-page ads demanding the death penalty for five teens accused — and eventually exonerated — of raping a jogger in Central Park.
Pagones remains undaunted.
“We’ll get her. It’s just a question of time.

20 comments:

john said...

Peter,

Are there any statements from her?

sidewalk super said...

And now we know how "chicago politics" came to be with lying, total character defamation of opponents, more lying, racial tensions exploited, lying, "never let a good crisis go to waste" personified, lying, narcissism, lying, ......thanks sharpton, you've set a cycle of "acceptable" behavior in motion for how many of your fellow narcissists (who want to rule the world)?

Skeptical said...

Al Sharpton is a brazen liar but not a particularly good one. I like this guy a lot better.

Judge: "What are you charged with?"
Prisoner: "Doing my Christmas shopping early."
Judge: "That's not an offense. How early were you doing this shopping?"
Prisoner: "Before the store opened."

Merry Christmas to all.

john said...

Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Dec. 18, 1997
issue of Workers World newspaper
-------------------------

Tawana Brawley speaks out

By Pat Chin
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tawana Brawley ended a 10-year silence about her case Dec. 2, when she spoke to a packed house of cheering supporters. The event was held in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, which is overwhelmingly African American and poor.

Addressing over 800 people at the Bethany Baptist Church, Brawley asserted in a fiery speech, "I am not a liar, nor am I crazy." The 25-year-old African American woman was referring to charges she made 10 years ago that six white men had abducted, raped and tortured her over the course of four days.

Brawley had been found on Nov. 27, 1987, on the side of a highway in upstate Dutchess County, N.Y. Only 16 years old then, she was semi-conscious, half frozen and wrapped in a plastic bag.

Feces were smeared on her face. Racist slurs and "KKK" had been written on her body.

Brawley said that one of six white men who brutally tortured her had flashed a badge. According to the Feb. 17, 1988, Poughkeepsie Journal, Brawley implicated Dutchess County Sheriff Frederick W. Scoralick. She also reportedly identified Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones as one of the attackers.

However, a 1988 grand jury concluded that Brawley made up the story of being abducted and raped. It also exonerated Pagones and others, calling the incident "a hoax."

No testimony was heard from the medics who treated Brawley for her injuries after she was found near death. This and numerous other irregularities led Brawley’s supporters to denounce the grand-jury proceedings as a giant cover-up.

READ More.

http://www.workers.org/ww/1997/brawley1218.html

john said...

"I am not a liar, nor am I crazy."

I TOLD THE TRUTH would have been a stronger statement.

Also anything in the negative is sensitive.

Hobnob said...

john said...
"I am not a liar, nor am I crazy."

I TOLD THE TRUTH would have been a stronger statement.

Also anything in the negative is sensitive.


WTG John you win a gold star ~spits and slaps star on forehead~

If she can't tell us she told the truth we can't do it for her.

I hope she gets nailed financially for damages.

It is women like her that make is difficult if not impossible for genuine rape victims to come forward.
It is women like her that use race to stir up hatred and dissent, this includes every skin color.

Any who file false reports especially those that file false reports that result in riots or attacks on innocents simply because of their skin color or nationality should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and receive the same sentence their alleged attackers would have received.

Victims should never be afraid to come forward, they should never fear being disbelieved, yet every day crimes go unpunished because of women like this and charlie rogers who lie and continue to lie even after being caught out, who continue to lie even after admiiting their guilt whilst claiming they are doing so to avoid trials and the media etc.

I wonder if she was ever offered a polygraph when her story didn't add up?

I womder if she would take a polygraph today?

I have no time for sharpton who has made a career out of playing the race card, he is a waste of space in my universe.
He has a huge chip on his shoulder and a huge sense of self entitlement, the world owes him because he is black.

Well guess what mate, slavery was blacks capturing blacks from other tribes and selling them on, Slavery still happens today in many countries except in some countries it gets a posh name.
How about campaigning for the freedom of slaves in 3rd world and even up and coming countries like India and the arab nations?
Or, does it only suit you to stir racial tensions in America where you get unlimited publicity and a nice income?

Now she has been located i hope Pagones serves her with a lawsuit.

john said...

Yayyyyyy next time I want an apple.lol

Merry Christmas

Hobnob said...

john said...
Yayyyyyy next time I want an apple.lol

Merry Christmas


You will get what you are given and like it!.

Anyhow i am all out of apples so if you are really really good you may get a mince pie and if you past the quiz, you qualify for a dollop of clotted cream

john said...

Hahaha.

I dont do mince pies,lemon cheese cake will do ;-)

john said...

OT>

Mitt Romney's sons did not want him to run for president
Mitt Romney’s sons have said they were “reluctant” for their father to run for president again, admitting on a US talk show last night that they actively discouraged him from attempting to seek the Republican nomination.
The five boys, who appeared relaxed in jeans and open-necked shirts in the joint interview, said they were “hesitant” about the renewed bid but realised it would be the best thing for the country
The guest appearance was the first time members of Mitt Romney's family have appeared on late-night television during this election cycle.
“We’re nervous about it. Our lives are pretty good as they are and this is one of those things where we recognise it is good for the country for my father to run but not necessarily good for us.
"We’re going to try and keep out lives as normal and consistent as we can possibly be over the next few years,” Josh Romney told TBS host Conan O’Brien.
Behind him, his brother Matt confessed that he had tried to persuade his father not to run again because he knew exactly what it would entail a second time around.
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“I was really reluctant. I didn’t want him to do it. I tried to convince him not to. I think there were a few of us who tried that. I know you didn’t [gesturing to Tagg], but I just felt like, for us as a family, this isn’t the best thing. But, as Josh said, for the country we think it’s the right thing," he said.
Josh Romney being heckled by Ron Paul supporters and booed offstage at an election rally last week, highlighting some of the challenges on the campaign trail. The family has also been scrutinised for their vast wealth, including the purchase of a $55,000 car elevator for the family home in San Diego.

john said...

CONT

On a more light-hearted note, the five sons also spoke candidly about their father’s love of pranks, ability to moonwalk and love of singing.
Tagg Romney, who also has five children, recalled a story about his father playing a trick on a friend who was about to get married, painting the letters HE and LP on the soles of his shoes in pink nail varnish.
“Nobody noticed it but – it was a Catholic wedding – when he [the groom] knelt down to be blessed by the Father the words HE LP appeared,” he said, laughing.
“I’m not sure they are still friends,” he added.
But Gov Romney didn’t find it as amusing when one of his sons – Matt – played a prank on him using voice recordings of the then Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“For a few months I was fearing retribution I really was,” Mitt Romney said, having posted the entire trick on to the internet.

The segment ended with Conan O'Brien explaining how he had managed to convince the five brothers to appear together in the joint interview, saying he had bumped into Josh Romney in an airport security queue.
The interview will be a welcome boost among young voters, seen as an important battleground between Romney and Obama in the forthcoming November election.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9345835/Mitt-Romneys-sons-did-not-want-him-to-run-for-president.html

Trigger said...

I wonder how much money Tawana was paid to come out and speak for herself at the meeting.

I remember that whole news worthy story. Al Sharpton made a fool of himself.

Hobnob said...

john said...
Hahaha.

I dont do mince pies,lemon cheese cake will do ;-)

Please refer to my previos comment ;-)

john said...

That's your inner politician speaking there Hobs hehe.

anon said...


Looking at these pictures, it appears Brawley and Sharpton are "separated at birth"

Hobnob said...

john said...
That's your inner politician speaking there Hobs hehe


Darn it you know my secret.

~wanders off mumbling about cupboards not being as secure as they used to be and wondering how much a skeleton in a cupboard will fetch on Ebay~

Trigger said...

How can Tawana Brawley tell the truth about her falsehoods when she and others have received so much media attention and money because of her past lies?

I remember thinking about what her life would be like later on, when it was revealed that she was lying at age 15.

She has to keep hiding or come clean with the truth someday.

rob said...

She should have money taken from her paycheck, weekly, to pay this judgement against her. And if she owns any property, it should be forfeited to pay the judgement.
I hear some people still saying that they think white officers did this to her, and that the Duke lacrosse team did attack that stripper.
They believe what they want to believe, and that makes me think no one is safe from this type of targeting.

Anonymous said...

Off topic,
Transcript of Larry Sinclair:
http://lybio.net/larry-sinclairs-detailed-allegations-of-drug-use-and-homosexual-sex-with-senator-obama/people/

Is he being truthful?

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