A British woman has been sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for falsely accusing three men of rape. That false accusation even caused the men to try to take their own lives.
Eleanor Williams shared a post on Facebook in May 2020 in which she wrote that she had been assaulted and raped by an Asian grooming gang. She also said that she was a victim of human trafficking and had to work as a prostitute in Amsterdam. The post sparked outrage and demonstrations in her north-east England town of Barrow-in-Furness.
Williams also posted a photo of her injured face with the message. The injuries are real, except she injured herself with a hammer. According to the judge, Williams has also injured herself in the past.
Online she looked for men to accuse. Three of them were arrested by the police. One of the men, Mohammed Ramzan, said it was not only his house that was damaged after the accusation: “My business is broken, and my family was attacked most horribly.” The men suffered so much that all three attempted suicide.
The judge finds it a problem that Williams does not express remorse and cannot explain why she lied. Finally, Williams had the last word and said she regretted it: “I know I did a few things wrong in this case. I am devastated by the trouble my Facebook post has caused. I would never have written it if I knew the consequences.” However, she believes she is innocent.