[UPDATE BELOW]The Hasidic tourist who claimed he was attacked in Borough Park early Tuesday morning has recanted his story, according to police.

The unidentified 65-year-old man, who was visiting Brooklyn from London, told authorities he was assaulted from behind at around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, while walking on McDonald Avenue near Avenue F. The NYPD was investigating the incident as a possible hate crime; now, however, police sources say the man has repudiated his initial claims, and that he merely fell down and injured himself.

After initial reports of the "attack" arose this week, City Council Member David Greenfield suggested the incident was another one of the "knockout" assaults that have seemingly sprung up in Brooklyn of late. "“He was attacked from behind by two individuals, brutally attacked,” Greenfield told CBS News, noting that it "appear[ed]" to be a "knockout" attack. “They did not take anything from him, and he was in such bad condition that he had to be hospitalized."

According to website JPUpdates, the tourist has since returned to London.

Update 4:53 p.m.: Council Member Greenfield's office referred us to his Twitter feed, in which he says the alleged victim stands behind his claims of assault.

The Council Member says he will be discussing the incident further on his radio show this evening.