An openly gay YouTube star who said he was brutally assaulted by three men in West Hollywood was charged Wednesday with filing a false police report.
Los Angeles County prosecutors allege that Calum McSwiggan, known by thousands of fans for his YouTube channel on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, lied when he told sheriff’s deputies that he was beaten early Monday.
McSwiggan, a resident of London who was visiting Southern California, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he faces up to 364 days in county jail.
The charge marks the latest chapter in a drama that has played out on the online star’s social media platforms, which was followed by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department publicly releasing a statement and photo that rebutted McSwiggan’s allegations.
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Last night was the worst night of my life and I'm really struggling to find the words to talk about it. 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. 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. All I can do is thank my wonderful YouTube friends for being with me the whole way. I'd be lost without them. Right now I don't feel that I'm in the right place to talk about this but I will be addressing this fully in the future. UPDATE: I've posted a full statement of the night's events on my Facebook page.