Police claim gay YouTuber faked homophobic attack after being arrested for vandalism
Calum McSwiggan claimed he had been injured in a ‘targeted’ attack outside a gay nightclub.
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” – although said authorities are telling a very different story.
According to police, 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 26-year-old was then placed in a cell by himself at the West Hollywood Station.
It was here that Perez says McSwiggan was “observed injuring himself with the handle and receiver to a payphone inside the cell.”
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Officers say that it was only then that he was taken to hospital – where he subsequently uploaded an Instagram post describing the “attack”.
Fellow YouTube personality Riyadh Khalif was quick to lament his friend’s attack, tweeting that although he was with McSwiggan at the bar the bar, the attack came during a moment that the group were separated.
Following claims that McSwiggan made the whole incident up, Khalif defended his colleague, saying he “isn’t faking it”.
McSwiggan himself later shared a tweet, writing that “staying silent” was “killing him”.
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.