NEW YORK — A Muslim college student who claimed three drunken white men screaming “Donald Trump” had accosted her on a subway train and tried to tear her hijab off, has admitted making the tale up.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, fessed up to concocting the story to cover up for being late coming home to Long Island where she lives with her strict, Muslim family, the Daily News reported.
Seweid, who is studying business at Baruch College, was charged with filing a false report and appeared in court with a her head shaved — a punishment by her parents for breaking a curfew and for dating a non-Muslim.
Seweid, of New Hyde Park on Long Island, had initially told the police that three white men screaming “Donald Trump!” attacked her on Dec. 1 on an uptown No. 6 train at East 23rd Street.
She said the men called her a terrorist and when she tried to move away from them to the other end of the subway car, one of them tried to pull off her traditional head scarf. In an account she posted on Facebook, Seweid said she was shocked that no one aboard the train had tried to help her.
The case drew widespread attention amid a spike in reported hate crimes around the country following the election of Donald Trump.
But a week after the alleged attack, Seweid was reported missing by her parents. She was located three days later. In the meantime, detectives investigating the case were unable to find any video surveillance footage or witnesses to corroborate Seweid’s account.
When detectives confronted her about inconsistencies in her story, she admitted having made the episode up, the News reported.
Her father, Sayeed Seweid, a limo driver who immigrated from Egypt, said his daughter had been afraid.
“You try to raise your children as best you can,” he told DNAInfo New York. “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.”