A Muslim teenager who claimed she was called a terrorist and attacked by Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway train apparently lied about the whole story.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, was arrested by police on Wednesday for filing a false report and admitting she lied about the so-called attack.
Seweid, who is a student at New York’s Baruch College, initially told police she was harassed by three men when she got on a train at the 23rd Street station in Manhattan on December 1.
She claimed the drunken white men taunted her, telling her ‘you don’t belong here’ and referred to her hijab as a ‘rag.’
Seweid also reported that one of the men grabbed her bag, breaking the strap, and another tried to take off her hijab before she fled the train at Grand Central Station to try and flag down police.
She posted about the ‘traumatizing’ ordeal on Facebook and it quickly went viral.
Police originally investigated the case as an anti-Muslim bias incident and spent significant resources trying to track down those responsible.
Authorities looked at surveillance footage but could not find evidence to corroborate Seweid’s story.
Seweid finally admitted to police on Tuesday that she had fabricated the story, saying she wanted to get attention because she was having family issues at home.
She was charged with filing a false report and obstructing governmental administration.
The teenager went missing for several days after the ordeal and was reported missing by her father Sayeed Seweid.
According to DNA Info:
A source explained that, given the amount of time detectives spent chasing the phony story, and how politically charged the allegation was, the police and prosecutors felt compelled to charge her, particularly since they said they had given her numerous opportunities to come clean earlier in the process. She repeatedly refused to tell the truth for weeks, they added.
Maybe she was afraid of being ‘honor killed’ by her family, via the Daily News: Muslim college student made up Trump supporter subway attack story
Her strict, Muslim parents allegedly forced Seweid to shave her head over the incident and were upset that she was dating a Christian, sources said.
The bareheaded Baruch College student, not wearing her hijab, was charged with filing a false report and released after her arraignment early Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court. A relative covered Seweid’s face with a black down jacket as she was escorted into a waiting SUV following her brief court appearance.
She faces up to a year in jail for each charge.
Seweid admitted that she lied to throw off her parents, who are Egyptian immigrants, because they disapproved of her boyfriend, a source said.
Fake anti-Muslim hate crimes run in the family:
In a bizarre twist, Seweid’s older brother, Abdoul, was also charged with falsely reporting an incident back in 2012.
Cops said Abdoul, then 17, claimed a pal was “assaulted by three unknown males,” according to a Newsday story at the time.
He and four other teens were charged with grand larceny and conspiracy for allegedly breaking into parked cars and stealing any valuables they found.
The #FakeNews media ran with this all too unbelievable story just like they did in Louisiana: Muslim woman admits faked hate crime, blamed white Trump supporters.