Muslim girl who claimed she was attacked by Trump supporters in New York has been arrested for making up the story
A Muslim teenager, Yasmin Seweid, 18, who claimed she was called a terrorist and had her hijab pulled off by Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway train, has been arrested after she confessed that she lied about the whole story.
Seweid, who is a student at New York’s Baruch College, was arrested by police on Wednesday for filing a false report and admitting she lied about the so-called attack.
Seweid initially told police she was harassed by three drunk white men when she got on a train at the 23rd Street station in Manhattan on December 1. She claimed the men taunted her, and told her ‘you don’t belong here’ and referred to her hijab as a ‘rag.’ In the Polie report she filed, she claimed that one of the men grabbed her bag, and broke the strap in the process while another tried to take off her hijab before she fled the train at Grand Central Station to try and flag down police.
After the ‘incident’ she went on her Facebook page and about the ‘traumatizing’ ordeal which quickly went viral.
‘No matter how ‘cultured’ or ‘Americanized’ I am, these people don’t see me as an American.’ ‘It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs.’
Police originally investigated the case as an anti-Muslim bias incident and spent significant resources trying to track down those responsible.
There was an outrage on social media because of what she said happened to her. Then shortly after the ‘incident’, she went missing and people thought her disappearance had something to do with the racist incident that she claimed happened to her.
Police looked at surveillance footage but could not find evidence to corroborate Seweid’s story.
On Tuesday, Seweid finally admitted to police 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.
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