Human Rights

White Woman Sprays Herself With Sulfuric Acid and Blames a Nonexistent Black Woman for the Crime

The woman has a history of self-harm.

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A white woman in Staten Island, New York made false claims that a strange black woman sprayed her in the face with sulfuric acid — only to recant and admit she sprayed herself.

Inside Edition reported that Lizzie Dunn, a resident of the outer borough, claimed she was attacked earlier in the week at her bus stop by a black woman in her 40s who demanded cigarettes and money. Her face burning from the acid, she stumbled into a deli near the stop, causing a major panic inside the establishment and in the neighborhood.

Soon after, local news outlets picked up the story about the acid-spraying stranger before Dunn recanted.

Police told the New York Daily News that the Staten Island woman “has a history of self-harm,” and her deception was revealed after they began pressing her for more details on her attack claims.

Dunn “suffered second-degree burns on the left side of her face and scalp,” the report noted. It remains unclear whether or not police will charge her with filing a false police report.

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Noor Al-Sibai is a writer and editor for Raw Story, whose work has appeared in Bustle, Everyday Feminism, and Rewire.