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.
‘No matter how ‘cultured’ or ‘Americanized’ I am, these people don’t see me as an American,’ she wrote.
‘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.
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.
He was shocked to learn of her arrest, according to DNA Info.
‘You try to raise your children as best you can. Maybe she was afraid that night. She was running late,’ he said.
‘She’s a bright, good girl. She’s young and maybe she was foolish here. Young kids, you know, you don’t understand their mentality.’