Brian Banks, whose aspiring NFL career was sidelined after he was wrongfully convicted of rape, is now being sued by a woman who claims she was hired to clean his apartment but instead he masturbated in front of her.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a woman named Lidija Jovanovic claims Banks contacted her on February 12, 2018 in response to her advertisement for house cleaning services. She says he booked her for the following day.
Once she arrived, Jovanovic claims Banks locked his “attack dog” in the upstairs bedroom so that she could clean his apartment in peace.
She claims that during the course of her cleaning, Banks “sat on the couch, took his penis out of his pants, began masturbating in front of Plaintiff, and stated, ‘Don’t mind me, just continue cleaning.'”
Due to his size — Banks is reportedly 6’3″ tall and weighs 250 pounds — she says she was “fearful for her safety.”
Jovanovic says she tried to ignore Banks but then claims he turned his laptop towards her to show that he was watching pornography and asked her “to help him masturbate.”
She says she declined and claims Banks responded by bringing his “attack dog” downstairs to intimidate her.
“Fearful for her life,” Jovanovic says she agreed to sit next to Banks on his couch and claims he again tried to coerce her to help him masturbate. She says she again refused and said she wanted to leave and that he did not have to pay her.
“In response,” she claims, “Defendant astonishingly asked to pay Plaintiff for sex.”
She says she declined, walked with him to a public ATM, where he paid her for the housecleaning and she left.
Jovanovic says she was extremely traumatized by the incident, suffers from frequent nightmares and PTSD, and “no longer cleans homes alone, fearful she might get assaulted or raped.”
She is suing for $10,000,000 in damages.
The Blast reached out to Banks for comment — so far, no word back.
Brian Banks was falsely convicted of rape after he had committed to play football at USC. He served five years behind bars after taking a plea deal, fearing he could do a lot more time.
Several years later, his accuser admitted she made the whole thing up.
His conviction was overturned in 2012 and he eventually signed to play with the Atlanta Falcons and was released in 2013.
A film was made about his story, starring Greg Kinnear and Aldis Hodge, and is due to be released later this year.