Police confirmed that Kristen Michelle Rimes, 26, made up the incident and was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing.
Rimes, who posted pictures of herself bruised and battered on Facebook, said the incident happened at a Walmart parking lot in Harbison, South Carolina, on Nov. 26. According to a press release from law enforcement, Rimes claims she was “assaulted by an unknown male suspect.”
Officials said Rimes told them that the man approached her while she was sitting in her car, forced her out of the vehicle when she hit her head on the pavement and that he “tried to force down her pants.”
“I didn’t see anybody, just heard a voice. I said I wasn’t interested and I just rolled my window up,” Rimes told Cola Daily in November. “I had put my car in park and I didn’t think about how my doors unlock automatically when I do that.”
Rimes said that the man who attacked her “was a black male, medium build, wearing a hoodie with a jacket over it.”
Cops investigated and determined she was not at Walmart “on the night she claimed the incident occurred.”
Rimes has reportedly removed the images from Facebook.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.