US police say a man who had claimed he was stabbed for apparently 'looking like a neo-Nazi' actually made the story up.
Joshua Witt (26) initially shared his story via social media, before he was interviewed by a number of US media outlets about the alleged incident.
He claimed he was subjected to an unprovoked attack in Sheridan, Colorado after a man in a car park asked him 'are you one of them Neo-Nazis?'
Photos showed Mr Witt with a bloody hand after he was apparently stabbed while trying to defend himself, with the alleged victim suggesting his alleged attacker may have been provoked by his haircut.
However, police in the city say they were not convinced by the story.
There was no CCTV evidence of anyone trying to run away from the scene, while a man matching Mr Witt's description of an alleged suspect was ruled out of the investigation.
Surveillance footage also showed Mr Witt buying a knife from a sporting goods store shortly before the incident happened.
Police now say he admitted making up the story after accidentally cutting himself with the knife.
Mr Witt faces charges of false reporting to authorities - and if found guilty he could face up to a year in jail or a US$2,650 (€2,200) fine.