A YouTuber Was Attacked for Being Gay, But He’s the One Who’s Found Guilty

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British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan spent a lot of time in Los Angeles over the past few months, but it was definitely not for leisure purposes. Less than five months ago, the LGBTQ+ advocate claimed he was attacked outside a gay club in West Hollywood, but was later accused of making up the entire thing. The 26-year-old was then charged with vandalism (for destroying a parked car) and filing a false police report.

Throughout many court appearances, meetings with lawyers, questions on social media, etc., the gay YouTuber always stayed true to his original story — he was physically assaulted by three strange men because of his sexuality.

“Five months ago I was accused of the crime of falsifying a police report after I was assaulted outside a nightclub — a crime I didn’t commit,” he recently wrote on Twitter. “After five months of investigation this charge has finally been dropped. I never lied and I’m grateful that the world can now see that.”

While Calum no longer faces jail time because the misdemeanor charge was dropped, he still is suffering the consequences of felony vandalism. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Brit plead guilty to “one felony count of vandalism over $400 damage” and was “sentenced to three years felony probation, 52 anger management counseling sessions and paid $7,000 in restitution.”

“After the assault I made the mistake of damaging the culprit’s car. I regret this & have accepted the consequences & paid for the damages. Now I’m headed home to the UK to see my friends and get on with my life. I’m so grateful to all of you for your continued support,” he continued on social media.

PHEW! Thank god that’s over.

Like Calum, these other YouTubers all got in trouble with the law: