Muslim student Yasmin Seweid quickly became a viral hit when she said she was assaulted by a bunch of drunken white Trump supporters in New York, but now that her story has unraveled, what is potentially an even darker reality is being unveiled.
The teen had reported that three drunken men harassed her on the subway as she made her way home from Baruch College, but when police couldn't find any witnesses or video of the attack, they began to get suspicious of the claim.
Police sources told the New York Daily News that 18-year-old Seweid invented the Islamophobic hoax because she didn't want to get in trouble with her parents for being out after her curfew and drinking with her friends.
Other sources later alleged that her parents forced her to shave her head in shame as a punishment for the hoax and that they were upset at her for dating a Christian.
She appeared in court to face the false reporting charges:
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.
Her father claimed he has no idea why she made up the hoax. The parents of the young woman are both Egyptian immigrants.
Strangely enough, her brother Abdoul committed nearly an identical hoax in 2012 by saying that his friend was attacked by three unknown males.
Yasmin Seweid (Image source: YouTube)
She faces a year in jail for each charge of a false report to police.
Meanwhile, Muslims are demanding "zero tolerance" policies be installed at college campuses about Islamophobic acts that many times turn out to be hoaxes. What hoaxers like Seweid fail to realize is that committing these acts desensitizes the public when real hate crimes are made against Muslims. Hopefully there's not a third sibling waiting in the wings to fake more Islamophobic attacks.