Gay YouTuber Faked Hate Crime, Police Say

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Photos: Instagram (Left), Los Angeles Sheriff's Police Department (Right)

YouTube star Calum McSwiggan said he was the victim of a hate crime on Tuesday night, but police claim otherwise.

The British vlogger was with his friends in Los Angeles visiting a popular gay club, The Abbey. Later on, McSwiggan took to social media to claim he had been attacked by three men — and posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

According to The Advocate, Holly M. Perez of the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated officers were “unable to substantiate the assault” and McSwiggan had “no visible injuries.”

McSwiggan was then arrested when deputies found him vandalizing a car, Perez added. Personnel also claimed that the 26-year-old YouTuber injured himself “with the handle and receiver to a payphone inside the cell” and taken to a hospital.

That’s when the star posted a photo on Instagram of him on the hospital bed. “After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys,” he wrote in the caption. “The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen.”

He added: “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.”

McSwiggan’s friend and fellow YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf was with him that night, but did not observe the attack. He took to Twitter when he found out about his friend in the hospital.

“Terrifying to see this shit still goes on in today’s world and to one of my closest and dearest friends,” Khalaf wrote.

On Wednesday after the release of the police department’s statement, Khalaf tweeted stating he would not comment until he could “legally speak.” He also claimed that McSwiggan “didn’t fake it.”


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