Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year old Muslim college student is being charged with filing a false report about three drunk men who attempted to pull off her hijab while yelling Donald Trump’s name on the subway, BuzzFeed News reports.
Seweid’s initial report of the incident came earlier this month. According to the New York Daily News, she claimed that three drunk men shouted racial slurs at her on a subway platform and screamed “Donald Trump!” at her before attempting to pull off her hijab.
At the time, the incident was treated with the gravity it deserved; DNA Info reports that investigators “spent significant NYPD resources” in an attempt to corroborate her story were unable to find any solid evidence that the incident in question occurred. The source told DNA Info that the police were compelled to charge Seweid because of the nature of the incident and the amount of time spent trying to verify what happened –especially since they had given her “numerous opportunities” to come clean.
Seweid admitted Tuesday that she had made up the story, citing family issues and a deeply misguided attempt to get attention at home. “You try to raise your children as best you can,” her father, Sayeed Seweid told DNA Info. “She’s a bright, good girl. She’s young and maybe she was foolish here.”