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Woman Admits To Lying Over New York Anti-Muslim Attack

| by Denise Recalde

A young Muslim woman who claimed she was attacked and called a terrorist by President-elect Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway train confessed to lying about the entire story.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, was arrested by police on Dec. 14 for her false report. She was arraigned early on Dec. 15 at Manhattan Criminal Court, where she appeared without a hijab and with a shaved head. 

Seweid, a student studying business at New York's Baruch College, had told police three white men harassed her on the No. 6 train at the 23rd station in Manhattan on Dec. 1.  
 
She stated the drunken men insulted her, telling her things like "you don't belong here" and referring to her hijab as a "rag," the Daily Mail reports. 

The student further claimed one of the men tried to grab her purse, breaking the strap, while another man tried to snatch her hijab off her head as bystanders did nothing. She stated she ran off the train at Grand Central Station to find a police officer. 

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She wrote a post about the "traumatizing" incident on Facebook, which subsequently 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 categorized the case as an anti-Muslim bias incident and spent considerable time trying to find the "attackers." 

The Long Island young adult described the made-up suspects to cops, one of whom police thought they saw on video following her when she got off the subway at Grand Central Station, New York Daily News reports. 

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"She had numerous opportunities to admit nothing happened and she kept sticking by her story," police said.  

Police went through surveillance video tapes but could not find proof to substantiate Seweid's story.

Law enforcement officials on Wednesday called on Seweid to help prepare another sketch of her supposed attackers and confronted her with the inconsistencies in her story, the New York Post reports. 

She finally broke down and admitted she had made up the story, saying she didn't want her parents to be upset with her for violating curfew after being out late drinking with friends. 

She was released without bail on the early morning of Dec. 15 following her arraignment. 

The Long Island woman may spend up to a year in jail for having lied to police.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, New York Post / Photo credit: NCPD via AMNY

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