News 01.10.14

Life of California Exoneree Coming to the Silver Screen

More than a year after kidnapping and rape charges against a former Southern California high school player were dismissed in a Los Angeles County Superior Court, Brian Banks’ life story will be made into a motion picture.

 

Banks was a prospect to play college football at the University of Southern California when he was accused by a classmate of forcing her to the school’s basement and raping her. To avoid a 41-year prison sentence, Banks took a plea deal and was forced to register as a sex offender and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet when he was released from prison after serving five years. He was eventually exonerated in 2012 with the help of the

California Innocence Project

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Nearly a year after his exoneration Banks received calls from several professional football teams and was invited for workouts and tryouts. He ultimately signed with the Atlanta Falcons and played in four pre-season games before he was cut.

 

WXIA-NBC Atlanta reported that Amy Bauer, who recently produced “Last Vegas” starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman, will bring Banks’ story to the silver screen.

 

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