Sister Of Hijab Hoaxer Lashes Out At Media, New York City Police For Not Sympathizing With Her Lies
The sister of Yasmin Seweid, the 18-year-old Muslim woman who lied about being harassed by a group of Donald Trump supporters on the New York City subway earlier this month, is blaming the media and the New York City police department for investigating the story.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Sara Seweid also appeared to excuse her hoaxing sister, expressing concern over the “mental state of young Muslim women who feel that they have to lie so intensely to survive.”
On Wednesday, Yasmin, a student at Baruch College, admitted that she lied to police when she claimed that she was harassed by three pro-Trump white men on the subway. Seweid claimed that the men called her a terrorist and attempted to remove her hijab. And worse, she said, passengers on the subway car refused to intervene to help her.
The story went viral, with news outlets reporting her allegations without questioning whether she may have been lying. Seweid also gave interviews to local news stations.
Seweid admitted on Wednesday that she made up the story so that she would not get in trouble for missing her curfew. She was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.
While Sara Seweid wrote on Facebook that she “is not excusing what my sister did,” she went on a lengthy diatribe in which she did just that. Seweid blamed the media for covering the story and blamed NYPD for investigating the hate crime claim.
“The NYPD should have never been involved in the first place even if the incident did happen,” wrote Seweid, who has a “Deport Trump” bumper sticker posted on her Facebook account.
“It became super clear to me these past two week [sic] that the police’s first instinct is to doubt your story and try to disprove it.”
Police reportedly began to question Seweid’s claims after they could find no witnesses to corroborate her story. Suspicion increased after she disappeared for two days late last week. She was later found safe at a friend’s house.
“The NYPD doesn’t care about us or our safety. Never did,” Sara Seweid wrote on Facebook.