A TikTok sensation who gained fame after allegedly being assaulted with a brick is now facing accusations of scamming. Roda Osman, the social media personality, captured the attention of viewers when she went live on TikTok, showing the swelling on the right side of her face from the alleged attack. The incident sparked a heated social media discussion about bystander intervention.
In response to the incident, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Osman with her medical expenses. The campaign quickly gained traction, raising over $40,000 from generous donors who were moved by her story and updates from the hospital.
However, as the police began investigating the incident, Osman’s story started to unravel. Houston police officers reported that when they arrived at the scene of the alleged assault, Osman appeared intoxicated, hostile, and irate. According to their account, Osman claimed that a man threw a brick at her face because she refused to give him her phone number. She also accused the man of attempting to traffic her by kidnapping her in an Uber.
But a friend who was present during the incident provided a different perspective. The friend stated that they did not believe Osman was hit with a brick, but rather that she got into an argument with a man in a car ride on the way to another club. Surveillance camera footage also revealed that Osman was assaulted with a water bottle, not a brick, by a man named Olan Douglas.
This incident is not the first time Osman has been involved in questionable situations. The police discovered that she had raised funds through a fraudulent GoFundMe page in 2020, claiming to be a victim of a similar attack that happened over three years ago. As a result, Osman has been charged with felony theft by deception.
Osman is currently out on bail after being charged with felony assault and domestic violence in connection to another incident. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is now requesting a $50,000 bail for her new charge related to the alleged scam.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of verifying information before donating to online campaigns. Authorities are urging the public to exercise caution and conduct thorough research to ensure that their contributions are going to legitimate causes.