Remember that sad woman who carved a “B” into her own forehead and then claimed an Obama-supporting black mugger did it to her after seeing her McCain bumper sticker — before admitting it was all a lie? Now we have another wolf crying story, this time involving a fake gay bashing.
Unlike Nick Haramis’s made-up story about being bashed, this time there was no actual attacker. Michigan’s Shawn Bennett, 29, claimed last week he was brutally assaulted that left him burned and bruised. “They stuck gravel in my face, putting rocks in my ears; the hospital actually had to take them out,” Bennett told reporters of the supposed attack in a public park, which he claimed took place because he’s gay. He claimed the assailants live nearby, and have been taunting him for weeks. The police even ID’d the suspects.
Turns out, it’s all lies.
Police investigated the allegations and concluded Bennett inflicted his own injuries, burning himself with a lit cigarette. “Lt. Mike Yankowski: ‘We feel bad for Mr. Bennett. The police department and the city of Lansing is doing everything we can to help him get back on track.’ Because the department says Bennett’s bizarre situation was a cry for help, but it requires support, different from what he had in mind. We were able to speak with Bennett over the phone, but he declined an interview and says he plans to leave the state. The Lansing Association of Human Rights President Penny Gardner says this is a tragic situation and she’s concerned with Bennett’s actions.”
The cops aren’t pressing charges, which is probably for the best — the man clearly needs help of the psychological kind. It’s just too bad to hear fake stories of anti-gay attacks, when there are plenty of real ones to go around.
I was suspicious about this incident from the get go. Anti-gay attackers would not leave a gay person with superficial wounds. Plus the cigar burns looked uniform and were on the underside of his arms like someone carefully pressed them into Shawn without any resistance.
I knew this was BS. It all looked too perfect and no sign of struggle
I like how David Hauslaib admits this was a fraud but never apologized for falsely accusing the Duke lacrosse guys of rape. What’s the difference in those two situations?
Man, what a twisted fuck of an individual…false rape accusations, and this kind of crap should be prosecuted, it is an absolute insult and shits on the pain of EVERY legitimate violence sufferer…not to mention, making the LGBT community look bad by association.
Prosecute this damaged fucker, have him declared guilty but ‘mentally incompetent’ or whatever, and then offer him help in some institution.
@Dennis: I second that motion. Letting go free would only be detrimental to his personal well being and possibly detrimental to those around him. A mental institution would be more suitable place for this person.
@Dennis: the LGBT community look bad by association? Look at the LGBT communit? I mean ppl get off of it? I know Shawn, No he’s not crazy.. Drug problem YES.. I’LL say this SHAWN IS MY FRIEND I’LL STAND UP FOR HIM AND GET HIM THE HELP HE NEED’S AND HE WANT’S IT!! ! Shawn was being messed wit by ppl in the Lansing Mt. hope, hood …. Please let the hole truth be told!!!
Shawn is my brother and yes he did have a real bad drug problem but this really was a cry for help and I am somewhat glad it happen so the cops and our family could help him with his drug problem that is now solved and has been I am super proud of the strides my brother has made to becoming a healthier person and staying clean. I love you Shawn and are super proud of you
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