A conservative blogger has sued a Michigan city to force officials to publicly identify a Muslim woman who reported a phony hate crime that received widespread attention after the election.
Debbie Schlussel, who has accused Sean Hannity of “creepy” behavior and who spread rumors that Barack Obama’s middle name proved he was Muslim, accused Ann Arbor officials of hiding the woman’s identity under Sharia law, reported MLive.
The University of Michigan student told police a white man threatened to light her on fire for wearing a hijab two days after the election of President Donald Trump — but police later found she had made up the story.
She has not been charged in the case, and police have redacted identifying details in a report released to the public.
“She needs to face the music, and she isn’t,” Schlussel said.
The conservative commentator filed a lawsuit Monday, saying Ann Arbor was engaged in a double standard that favored Muslims.
Schlussel complained that Ann Arbor released the name of Halley Bass, a 21-year-old student who also fabricated a hate crime just after the election.
Bass claimed a Trump supporter scratched her on the cheek with a safety pin Nov. 15, but police found she had fabricated the attack.
She later pleaded guilty to one count of false report of a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a year of probation.
“I think there’s a concerted effort by a number of municipalities, not just in Michigan, but in other places across the country, to abide by sharia, which is Islamic law, and not by American laws,” Schlussel told the website. “It galls me when I see this happening and then I see people in the media saying there’s no such thing as sharia in America. Yes, there is.”
Police said victims are not typically identified in police reports, which also shield the names of suspects until they’re charged.
The police department also cited privacy and medical exemptions in refusing to release the Muslim woman’s name.
“The public deserves to know the name of the woman who filed a false police report, fraudulently claiming that she was the victim of a hate crime and wasting public resources and many hours of police time,” Schlussel said.
The city attorney declined to comment on pending litigation.
(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Debbie Schlussel as a frequent Fox News guest.)