Back in 1987, a young demagogue named Al Sharpton leapt onto the national scene, accusing a New York assistant district attorney, Steven Pagones, of raping a 15-year-old girl, Tawana Brawley. Actually, Sharpton claimed that Pagones had raped Brawley, anally raped Brawley and then scrawled the initials “KKK” on Brawley’s torso in feces.
“We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it,” Sharpton proclaimed. “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us — sue us right now.” Pagones sued. Pagones won. But Sharpton never apologized and had his supporters foot the bill.