The YouTuber Who Said He Was Attacked for Being Gay May Have Actually Faked It

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Yesterday, the entire world sympathized with YouTube star Calum McSwiggan who was allegedly attacked outside of a gay nightclub for being homosexual.

“Last night was the worst night of my life…,” he wrote along with a picture of himself in the hospital. “Towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye.”

But according to California police, the 26-year-old’s story is a giant lie. In fact, Captain Holly Perez of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department said in a statement to that Calum actually inflicted the injures on himself after he was arrested for vandalism and taken to jail.

“Responding deputies were unable to substantiate the assault. Mr. McSwiggan, who had no visible injuries, was subsequently arrested after deputies observed him vandalizing a car in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. After being booked and photographed, Mr. McSwiggan was placed into a cell by himself at West Hollywood Station. Mr. McSwiggan was then observed injuring himself with the handle and receiver to a payphone inside the cell. Medical personnel were summoned and Mr. McSwiggan was transported to a local hospital for treatment.”

The Los Angeles Sherrif’s Department also released the YT star’s mugshot, which showed no visible injuries.

Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department

Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department

When police statements surfaced, Calum and his friends all spoke out and said that no one really knows what happened and they aren’t allowed to truly defend themselves until after they meet in court later today.

This situation is just insane, and we sincerely hope the truth comes out sooner than later. We’ll keep you posted.


Like Calum, these other YouTubers all got in trouble with the law, but for things MUCH worse than vandalism:

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