A Louisiana student admitted Thursday that she fabricated a reported attack by two men, one she said was wearing a “Trump” hat.
The Lafayette Police Department said in a statement that it was no longer investigating the 18-year-old woman’s claims, which were made within hours of Donald Trump’s election.
The student claimed she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Wednesday morning when she was accosted by two men who drove up in a gray sedan.
Police added that the student claimed the men shouted racial obscenities as the knocked her down and stole her wallet and her headscarf.
Charlie Bier, a spokesman for the university, said a federal privacy law prohibits him from saying whether the student could be disciplined.
Lafayette Police spokesman told The Advocate that the woman offered no explanation for lying. He said the woman might now face charged herself for filing a false police report.
"We don't take this lightly, and it's made national headlines now," he said. "There will be consequences."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.