The Men Wrongfully Accused in Central Park Jogger Attack Settle for $40 Million

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The five men convicted of beating and raping a woman jogging in Central Park in 1989 have reached a settlement with New York City. Their convictions were overturned and the city will pay up $40 million to end the bitter civil rights lawsuit.

The men were all aged 14 to 16 at the time of their arrests. They contended police coerced them to give incriminating statements about the case.

A Manhattan district attorney later investigated the case and found the woman was beaten and raped by another man, Matias Reyes, not the five teenagers. Reyes was a convicted rapist and murderer and said he acted alone in her attack.

Each of the men will receive around $1 million for each year they spent behind bars in the settlement. The convicted men accused New York City police and prosecutors of false arrest, racially motivated conspiracy and malicious prosecution.

Details and photo courtesy of the New York Times