18-year-old Haakon Gisvold (pictured) claimed four brothers from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at the University of North Dakota shoved him to the ground then proceeded to choke him, strip him naked, and beat him with a belt while shouting antigay slurs.
“I just want those guys to learn from this,” Gisvold told The Associated Press at the time. “They could go to jail, sure, but they could go to jail and then come out with the same mindset that they don’t like homosexuals.”
Now, after a month-long investigation than included interviews with more than 150 potential witnesses, police say they believe the entire story was a fabrication.
Police determined that there had, indeed, been a confrontation between Gisvold and the fraternity brothers but that he was the instigator, he was not assaulted, and that he lied to police about the whole thing afterwards.
“He was not held down by four people, he wasn’t robbed, his property wasn’t taken, he wasn’t beaten with a belt, and he was (not) assaulted,” the police report states.
Investigators recommended Gisvold be charged with providing false information to authorities, but county prosecutor David Jones has decided not to file charges.
Gisvold has not released a comment about the findings, but judging from this recent tweet, he appears to be moving on from the incident juuuust fine:
H/t: Grand Forks Herald