A UNC-Chapel Hill freshman who claimed he was attacked by a man who burned his wrist and called him an anti-gay slur has been charged with filing a false report.
Quinn Richardson Matney, 19, of Asheville, was charged by citation Friday and is scheduled to appear in court May 16 in Hillsborough, according to a campus police report.
Matney reported he had been attacked outside Craige Residence Hall about 3:30 a.m. April 4 by a man who pressed a piece of hot metal into his wrist.
He reported the alleged incident to campus police the next day, but it was not publicized to the campus community until Chancellor Holden Thorp announced April 11 that the university was investigating it as a possible hate crime.
UNC-CH determined the report was false the next day, but the alleged incident and university's response concerned the campus gay students groups and others, which held a meeting last Thursday.
Matney later admitted the wound was self-inflicted, his father told the Daily Tar Heel.