While there’s no reason to doubt that many of these accounts are legit, CBS News reports that one of these more highly-publicized cases was revealed to have been entirely fabricated.
On Wednesday, 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid was arrested and booked by New York’s Hate Crimes Task Force — the same unit Gov. Andrew Cuomo created to combat such instances — after she admitted that she had made the entire incident up.
“They were surrounding me from behind and they were like, ‘Oh look, it’s an f***ing terrorist.’ I didn’t answer.
They pulled my strap of the bag and it ripped, and that’s when I turned around and I was really polite and I was like, ‘can you please leave me alone?’ and everyone was looking, no one said a thing, everyone just looked away…
They kept saying, ‘you don’t belong here, get out of this country, go back to your country,’ and finally they came really close and they were like, ‘take that rag off your head.”
She also seemed to blame the president-elect himself for the fabricated incident, saying that he “just promotes this stuff and is very anti-Muslim, very Islamophobic, and he’s just condoning it.”
After the NYPD noticed inconsistencies in her story — including that there was no video evidence and no witnesses — she reportedly “admitted to police that she had been out drinking with friends and made up the incident to distract her strict father.”
On Wednesday, when Seweid arrived in court, she was almost unrecognizable — reportedly another consequence of her “strict father”:
As New York Daily News reports:
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.