A woman has been charged with making a false statement to police after lying about being sexually assaulted after a male strip show.
The 25-year-old Masterton woman called emergency services last Wednesday night claiming to have been the victim of a sexual attack in Greytown, police said today.
She told police she had been at the Body Heat male strip show at the Greytown Rugby Club and shortly after leaving was approached by a man she had met at the show and was sexually assaulted.
Wairarapa Police began an "extensive and time-consuming investigation which did not lead to any corroborative evidence being obtained".
Two days later she contacted police to says he had made the story up, Detective Mike Smith said.
"It is always very disappointing to discover that people will waste a lot of police time, including time of support agencies and medical services, knowing that information they give to us is completely fabricated," Mr Smith said.
"Complaints of this nature inevitably tie up a lot of resources and leave the community very concerned and doubting their own safety.
"I want to reassure the public that all complaints made to police will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.
"I also wish to remind those who make complaints to police knowing that the information is false and misleading will face consequences."