21-year-old gay man, Rick Jones, filed a false report with police in Utah, stating he was viciously beaten and a homophobic slur carved into his arm with a knife. After investigation, police discovered Jones made up the entire thing. When interviewed by police regarding the inconsistencies in his claims that did not match up with the actual evidence, Jones confessed he lied about being beaten and an attacker carving a homophobic slur in his arm. Jones carved the homophobic slur into his arm and beat himself in the head and and on the face.
Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged
The purported attacks began with a beating at his family's pizza business in April that left Jones with head and facial bruising. Five days later, the family's home was found spray-painted with a homophobic slur. On June 10, a rock and a molotov cocktail were thrown through the window of the home. That same day, the business was spray-painted, broken into and robbed of $1,000. Jones told KSL-TV earlier this month he believed he was targeted because he is gay.
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