“Don’t you think human nature is going to be that you lack credibility?”
During an episode of the “Dr. Phil Show” about recent controversy over hate crime hoaxes, the program’s host Dr. Phil, as well as Quillette journalist Andy Ngo, challenged a woman who lied to police about details of an alleged assault and then blamed officers for not believing her.
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The segment of the popular daytime talk show, which aired Wednesday, comes in the wake of stunning developments in the Jussie Smollett case that has gripped America in recent weeks. Mounting evidence suggests Smollett orchestrated a hate crime hoax attack against himself with the help of two Nigerian-American brothers.
A woman named Elle admitted she lied to detectives about the time and place of an attack perpetrated by racist President Donald Trump-supporters on the evening of Trump’s election because she did not want police to know how intoxicated she was and that she intended on purchasing drugs. “Because I lied, the police just didn’t believe me from the get-go,” she said. “These detectives had the nerve to tell me that they didn’t think I was black enough to be attacked.”
Elle, who also admitted to lying to police about what clothes she was wearing during the attack, said she gave officers “thorough descriptions” of the suspects and said that police accused her of applying makeup to her neck to make it look like she had bruises even though she had been examined at the police station.
“Don’t you think human nature is going to be that you lack credibility?” Dr. Phil asked after running down the list of misrepresentations Elle had made to police.
Ngo eventually interjected to criticize Elle’s apparent attempts to minimize the impact of her false statements on the police’s decision to question her credibility. “I don’t think it’s any small detail that you lied about the time and the place. Innocent people could have been arrested for this,” he said. “Last year we had an incident in Illinois where a five-year-old black girl said that a white man called her a racial slur. Well, the police canvassed the neighborhood, arrested a black man – the whole story was a lie that she made up with her friends.”
“So let’s also think about the victims who get falsely accused or they somehow might match the description and get arrested,” Ngo added. “That’s the other part of the story that we’re not talking about.”
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