A female Muslim student at the University of Louisiana claimed she was walking down the street when two white men, one wearing a white “Trump” hat, tore off her hijab, assaulted her and took her wallet.
But police are now saying the incident never happened.
In fact, the woman apparently admitted to police that she made up the entire story about the attack at the hands of two white males. The Lafayette Police Department said in a news release:
"During the course of the investigation, the female complainant admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.”
But the hoax has already garnered plenty of national attention and media coverage, many of President-elect Donald Trump’s critics pointing to the story as evidence that the Republican’s rhetoric fuels violence in the United States.
The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union released an updated statement after police released now information:
“We don't know the full story of what happened yesterday, and we don't know what caused her to recant. We stand by our call for all Louisianians to reject anti-Muslim bigotry. Our Muslim neighbors' rights remain unchanged. We will continue to speak out against this harassment and bigotry, and call for equal protection under the law.”
The investigation into the incident is officially closed, police said.