A Woman Who Claimed She Was The Victim Of The Knockout Game Was Actually Hit By Her Boyfriend

After her fake story went viral on Facebook, she admitted she was lying.

1. Ashley DePew, a 23-year-old woman from St. Louis claimed that she was a victim of “the knockout game.”

2. The above photo of Depew’s face after she was “attacked” was posted on Facebook by her sister Brigette Ulmer-Loynd in November and was shared over 11,000 times.

Ashley Depew, is the younger sister who I taught at my dance studio. She was a victim of the “one Punch Knockdown” a game that teenagers are now doing, this was done in STL a couple nights ago. Please Pray for a quick recovery as she is going under reconstruction surgery.

These groups of teenagers will punch out anybody, then scatter to run. please don’t be a victim and always be aware of your surroundings!

3. Her story was picked up by the local news. In her interview she refused to be identified.

4. She told reporters that she was picking up a drunk friend at a local bar and was punched by a stranger outside on the sidewalk.

5. She believed her attacker was playing the “knockout game.”

6. It was revealed last week, however, that DePew wasn’t a victim of the “knockout game” and that she was instead covering for her boyfriend who hurt her during an argument.

Ashley DePew, 23, and her boyfriend Justin Simms, 25, were charged Friday with falsifying a police report. The pair had claimed DePew was the victim of a random attack outside a St. Louis bar last month, police said.

Police now believe she was actually injured by her boyfriend and the pair fabricated the “knockout game” story as a cover for her injury.

Dotson said the damage false reporting causes is widespread.

7. Ulmer-Loynd responded to the news that Depew was actually covering for her boyfriend on Facebook, saying that she wasn’t aware her sister was lying when she posted the photo.

8. James Addlespurger, one of the original victims of the so-called “the knockout game,” recently told HuffPost Live that he believes the “game” is a fabricated trend.


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