Althea Bernstein claimes that on June 25th, 2020 she became the victim of a racist attack. She said she was sitting in her car waiting at a streetlight when four white men approached her car, called her the N word, sprayed lighter fluid in her face and threw a lighter at her. She was treated in a hospital for burns on her face and neck.
An FBI investigation found no evidence of the attack and closed the case in October 2020. Police noted that Bernstein has been consistent in her description of the attack to friends and family, her phone’s GPS locations matched up with what she reported to police and her phone messages did not indicate an intent to deceive law enforcement or the public.