In the wake of President Trump’s historic victory, a 21-year-old student from the University of Michigan claimed an unknown white man approached her and slashed her face with a safety pin. Halley Bass said she was targeted for wearing a safety pin that stood in solidarity with immigrants who were suffering from the U.K.’s vote to Brexit. Or, so that’s what she told the police.
On Monday, however, Bass admitted that she made the entire story up as a way to gin up fake hate crimes about Trump supporters, reported Michigan Live.
Investigators knew the story was over the top, especially because Bass continued to refer to other hate crimes as proof that her story was legitimate — many of which were hoaxes as well. Ultimately, cameras from nearby stories to where the incident would have taken place showed that Bass was nowhere near the alleyway she claimed the attack happened.
“I was suffering from depression at the time,” Bass told the judge. “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 and her attorney asked the court that she be referred to mental health court.