Bil Browning

Jackassery: Iowa Gay Man Claims Fake Hate Crime

Filed By Bil Browning | August 03, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay violence, Ryan Grant Watson, University of Iowa

This week's Jackassery award goes to University of Iowa grad student Ryan Grant Watson, 30, who filed a fake hate crime report claiming his attacker yelled a gay slur at him and punched him in the face. attacker.jpgOf course, Watson claimed the assailant was a black man.

Watson said the man hit him in the face, causing him to fall back against the wall, sustaining cuts to his face, knee and ankle...

The complaint detailing Watson's charge said the report was then forwarded to investigations for follow-up, during which police said they began to question its validity.

Police also said Watson had led several people to believe he had been "horribly assaulted, requiring surgery and hospitalization" and also stated the offense may have been a hate crime after the alleged incident.

The complaint said further investigation and interviews with Watson made it "clear the offense reported did not take place," and the complaint said Watson eventually confessed the report was false.

He allegedly told officers he was still intoxicated when walking in the alley, and he fell and hurt himself.

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