Police charge gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan with filing false report about alleged anti-gay beating
Police have charged gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan with filing a false police report after he alleged that he was the victim of an anti-gay assault.
Popular YouTube personality Calum McSwiggan posted a photo of himself on social media earlier this week, claiming that he was attacked outside a gay bar in West Hollywood Monday.
Safe sex expert McSwiggan – who revealed his past as an amateur porn actor earlier this year – was quick to tell his followers that he had three broken teeth and needed stitches in his head after being beaten up by “three guys” outside the club, saying it was “the worst night of his life”.
He also said that the authorities had made him feel like a “second class citizen”.
West Hollywood police since said the YouTuber was arrested after officers witnessed him vandalising a car near the club.
Holly M. Perez – captain of the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – told The Advocate that McSwiggan had no “visible injuries” up his arrest, sharing his mugshot (above) to substantiate their claim.
The YouTuber released a lengthy statement on Wednesday evening titled ‘The truth and full story of the events on June 26th’, refuting the police report, saying that he had been attacked.
Police have since released a statement saying that McSwiggan has been charged with filing the false report, as well as vandalising a car, and will appear in court.
He was charged with one misdemeanor count of making a false police report.
A statement from authorities read: “Calum McSwiggan, who is known for his online posts and videos, is scheduled to be in court today on a charge of making a false police report, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
“McSwiggan (dob 5/21/90) of London faces one misdemeanor count of false report to a peace officer that a felony was committed in case 6AR31941.
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“Arraignment is scheduled today in Department W73 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.
“On June 27, McSwiggan allegedly falsely reported to police that he had been beaten by three men, prosecutors said.
“The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 364 days in county jail if convicted as charged.
“The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, West Hollywood Station.”
The Advocate reports that, if convicted, McSwiggan faces a maximum of 364 days in jail.
Earlier this year, the video-maker spoke to PinkNews ahead of uploading earlier a video in which he revealed his past performing sex acts on webcam for money.