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Michigan student latest to admit to making up Trump-related hate crime

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A Woman in Michigan has pleaded guilty on Monday to fabricating a false report of a hate crime.

College student Halley Bass blamed depression for her false report, claiming she made up a story involving a strange man scratching her face in downtown Ann Arbor last November.

“I was suffering from depression at the time,” Bass told Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines. “I made a superficial scratch on my face. It was visible and I was embarrassed about what I’d done. So I made up a story and told a friend that a stranger had done it while I was walking. I was encouraged to report it to the police. I made the mistake of doing that.”

Bass claimed that the attack was part of an alleged surge in hate crimes that were reported in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election a week prior. In her report to the police, she claimed she was targeted due to the “solidarity pin” she wore in protest of the UK’s Brexit vote.

“(The) person must have seen the pin and picked on me,” Bass told police at the time. “That’s my best guess. No other reason why he would be targeting me.”

Bass also posted her account of the nonexistent attack (as well as the nonexistent attacker) to social media, which had over a dozen shares and over 100 likes.

However, police weren’t sold on the story. Detectives questioning her would notice she was nervous when talking about the incident and that the story sounded “over the top.” In addition, CCTV footage from near the alleged attack site showed that she had never been there at the supposed time of the attack.

Bass would eventually -and foolishly- confess to lying while in a Women’s Literature class at the University of Michigan.

“I had been in a discussion in my women’s lit weirdly and there were a few people in my class that sort of said some things that scared me,” she said. “…It was more like I wanted a concrete reason to be scared then to just talk, I guess.”

According to MLive, Bass faces up to three months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

 

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