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Michigan Woman Pleads Guilty to Lying About Hate Crime

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Halley Bass

Credit: Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News

by John Counts, M-Live

A 21 year-old Ann Arbor woman pleaded guilty as charged to one count of false report of a misdemeanor in 15th District Court on Monday, March 6th.

Halley Bass admitted in court that she fabricated a story about a strange man scratching her face in downtown Ann Arbor on November 15th.

“I was suffering from depression at the time,” Bass told Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines. “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.”

At the time, Bass claimed her attack was part of the surge in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump a week earlier. She told police she was targeted for wearing a solidarity pin connected to Great Britain’s “Brexit” vote.

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