NEW YORK - A Muslim teen who claimed she got taunted by three drunken Trump supporters on a New York subway has admitted to making up the story, causing a media frenzy targeting her and her family.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, garnered national media attention when she claimed she was attacked because she was wearing a hijab and "no one intervened" or attempted to help her.
Last weekend, Seweid's father had reported her missing to authorities. She had reportedly stopped showing up to class. Police confirmed that she was located a few hours after a missing person report was filed.
Seweid had claimed the hateful drunks shouted “Trump! Trump!” and called her a “terrorist” as they tried to steal her headscarf.
“Go back to your country!” she said they shouted during the alleged Dec. 1 attack.
But inconsistencies in her account surfaced once cops tried to confirm her story by pulling surveillance video.
Investigators did find footage that showed her in some of the places where she said she was, said the source. But they weren’t entirely consistent with her story.
Hate-crime investigators then called in the Baruch College student to work on another sketch of her “attackers” Wednesday and confronted her with the inconsistencies.
That’s when she admitted hat she had been out drinking with friends and made up the attack story to distract her angry father.
Seweid had been having family problems because she is becoming “westernized” investigators claimed.
The woman’s claims had sparked an NYPD manhunt for the three supposed thugs.
She was charged for filing a false police report.
Detectives decided to charge Seweid because she did not recant her story during the "numerous opportunities" she could have done so. Detectives had suspected her story because there was no corroborating evidence, witnesses, or video of the incident.
Seweid stunned New York photographers on Thursday morning when she appeared in court for her arraignment, where she was bare head and without a hijab.
According to The NY Daily News, "her strict Muslim parents forced her to shave her head as punishment for dating a Christian man."
Her sister, Sara Seweid, later appeared on social media to deny such claims, stating that her sister is going through a very hard time and asked to give the family privacy.
"People had been spreading rumors about her case, especially after she went missing," Sara said. "No one knew the extent of the emotional and mental trauma Yasmin had to endure. I'm not excusing what she did."
In a bizarre twist, Seweid’s older brother, Abdoul, was also charged with falsely reporting an incident back in 2012.
Cops said Abdoul, then 17, claimed a pal was “assaulted by three unknown males,” according to a Newsday story at the time.
He and four other teens were charged with grand larceny and conspiracy for allegedly breaking into parked cars and stealing any valuables they found.
Seweid faced a harsh storm of criticism on social media after the NYPD announced that her attack was hoax.
Muslim residents across the country expressed that her fictitious claims will impact Muslim women who are really getting harassed and may be scared to come forward out of fears of being labeled a "liar."
Albert Cahn, an attorney for the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the twist in Seweid’s case shouldn’t take away from the legitimate claims of bias and harassment against Muslims.
“We’re very disturbed by these distressing developments, but we hope that they do not detract from the numerous reports coming from the Muslim community,” Cahn said.
“Clearly this has been a trying time for her and her family. We hope that they receive all possible support in this moving forward. We still believe that anti-Muslim attacks are underreported.”
Despite Seweid's false claims, a Muslim woman did really get attacked a few days later on a NYC Subway. Soha Salama, 45, a MTA worker, was pushed down a flight of stairs and taken to the hospital for injuries.