Activist Shaun King admitted to pushing a false rape claim on Wednesday, after body-cam footage proved that accusations made by Sherita Dixon-Cole (and amplified by King) were false.
King, a columnist for The Intercept, responded to the news by admitting that he had shared the false story, but also suggesting that he was among the victims of her false report.
“She victimized us. She victimized the man she falsely accused and she victimized those who stood up for her — believing that she had experienced the worst crimes.” (RELATED: Shaun King Falsely Accuses Texas State Trooper Of Sexually Assaulting Woman [VIDEO])
King wrote a full response to the situation at Medium, explaining how he was first drawn into the situation by a compelling story, delivered to him by people he trusted, that appeared to come from a trustworthy source.
“Sherita Dixon-Cole’s allegations were genuinely awful. They were also forcefully supported by her fiancé — who was present for some of the encounter they described. Her character and integrity were defended to me by those who knew her well. I probed.”
Despite trusting his source, King said that he continued to check for inconsistencies and “was repeatedly assured that Sherita Dixon-Cole has never and would never fake something like this.” But King’s “probing” stopped short of uncovering the truth, which was revealed when the accused officer’s body-cam footage proved that none of the shocking allegations were true.
King, claiming that hindsight is 20/20, blamed Dixon-Cole’s false accusation and the prevalence of police brutality in the United States for his own willingness to broadcast her story before the evidence had been fully compiled.
“Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of people are assaulted, abused, beaten, falsely arrested, and threatened by American police. 2018 is actually on pace to be the deadliest year ever measured for police brutality in this country.
But Sherita Dixon-Cole is not one of those victims. She victimized us. She victimized the man she falsely accused and she victimized those who stood up for her — believing that she had experienced the worst crimes. Thankfully, she does not represent anyone but herself. She does not represent actual victims of sex crimes. She does not represent actual victims of police brutality.”
King concludes by claiming that his advocacy on behalf of Dixon-Cole, despite her claim being false, was not wrong because his heart was in the right place. “Many good people fought for this person, a complete stranger to us, out of the goodness of our heart. We were right to fight — the system requires us to fight for every ounce of justice we ever get — but someone truly abused us in this circumstance.”