Report: Todd confesses to making up ATM attack

The McCain campaign volunteer who claimed a mugger carved a "B" in her face because of her political beliefs has reportedly recanted, and police say she'll be charged.

Published October 24, 2008 5:45PM (EDT)

Pittsburgh's KDKA is now reporting that Ashley Todd has confessed to making up her story. Todd, a McCain campaign volunteer, had initially claimed that she was mugged at a local ATM, and that the assailant became angry when he saw the McCain-Palin bumper sticker on her car and said he'd teach her a lesson for supporting McCain, then beat her and carved the letter "B" into her cheek.

"Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story," the station's Web site reports. "The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be."

Update: If you missed it, I have a fuller post, with more details on Todd's background and her claims, here.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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