A candidate for mayor in a crowded primary field decided to pull a Jussie Smollett to try to get publicity and improve her position.
Like Jussie she got caught and now she faces charges. Sabrina Belcher, 29, a candidate for mayor in South Carolina admitted the crime according to police.
“This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain,” Police Chief Russell Roark said in the news release.
“As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, man hours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information.”
“They staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election,” police added.
A woman running for mayor in Sumter now faces criminal charges after police say she staged her own kidnapping and beating to get “publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election.”
Sabrina Belcher, 29, carried out the stunt on Facebook live, police say, with help from 34-year-old Christopher Eaddy.
Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Belcher reported to police that she was assaulted and kidnapped by a man she didn’t know, who also tried to rob her.
She said she was injured and the man broke out her car windows during the attack. Crews took Belcher to the hospital to be treated and she was released.
Later, investigators discovered she was in contact with her alleged attacker, Eaddy, and had planned it with him days ahead of time.
Police say she admitted to faking the crime.
Police also accused Belcher of trying to smear a political opponent during the fake Facebook Live attack, and planning to smear other candidates ahead of the election.
— WACH FOX (@wachfox) August 20, 2020