Tuesday, Halley Bass, a 21 year old Ann Arbor Woman, pleaded guilty for a false report of a misdemeanor in the 15th District Court. She admitted to the court that her story was fabricated and that there was no strange man that scratched her down the face on November 15th. She told the judge that she was the one who made the superficial scratches on her face due to a bout of depression. In her embarrassment, so she made up a story and told her friend. This friend encouraged her to go to the police and Bass made a mistake by reporting this crime. At the time of the attack, Bass claimed that her attack was a part of the hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump and that she was targeted for wearing a pin connected to Great Britain’s ‘Brexit.’ She scratched her own face with the pin after a Woman’s Literature class.
Bass and her Ann Arbor-based attorney, Douglas Mullkoff, requested that she be sentenced through the 15th District’s mental health court. Hines said if court officials determine Bass is eligible, Bass will be sentenced by Judge Karen Valvo in that court on March 22. Bass originally told police that she got out of class at Angell Hall around 1 p.m. and walked to the Starbuck’s on the corner of East Liberty Street and South State Street, but left because it was too crowded, according to the report. Bass said she then went to the Michigan Theater down Liberty to see what movies were playing and that while she was passing by “Graffiti Alley” a short time later a man attacked her, slashing her face with what she believed was a safety pin, the report said. Bass told police the attack was likely prompted by the Brexit pin. “(The) person must have seen the pin and picked on me,” Bass said, according to the report. “That’s my best guess. No other reason why he would be targeting me.” Police asked Bass if something like that ever happened to her before. “I’ve heard of other people experiencing incidents recently, but not to me,” she said. The police noted several scratches on her face. Bass described the suspect as an approximately 45-year-old white male, with stubble on his face, wearing a black baseball hat pulled low over his face, a gray hoodie with the hood down and sweat pants. She has now admitted to making up the suspect.