On Tuesday, we reported the alleged hate crime assault on Calum McSwiggan, the gay YouTube star.
Over the weekend, the British personality took to Facebook to share a photo of himself in the hospital, describing the event as “the worst night of my life.”
Related: Popular Gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan Brutally Beaten Outside The Abbey In West Hollywood
Authorities disputed McSwiggan’s story in a statement:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has an affirmative duty to fully investigate all assaults and reports of violence in our community. Deputies from West Hollywood Station responded to and investigated the report by Calum McSwiggan that he was assaulted by three males after leaving a local nightclub early Monday morning. 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. Mr. McSwiggan’s booking photo was taken prior to deputies seeing Mr. McSwiggan injuring himself. That booking photo is attached [above].
Here’s McSwiggan’s original Facebook post:
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 friends @riyadhk, @melaniiemurphyand @douga_ 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.
Related: Sources Are Seriously Questioning Whether Gay YouTube Star Was Actually Beaten In WeHo
Here’s what he’s written on Twitter following the police’s official statement:
I’ve been told to say nothing before court tomorrow but staying silent here is killing us. If you’re a friend just DM me for the truth.
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) June 29, 2016
For now, his friends are sticking up for McSwiggan’s claims:
I’m not commenting until tomorrow when we know more and can legally speak. I saw Cal screaming crying after the attack. He didn’t fake it
— Riyadh Khalaf (@RiyadhK) June 29, 2016
None of us have spoken fully yet about yesterday’s events/@CalumMcSwiggan‘s attack & the aftermath, so please don’t form opinions til then x
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) June 29, 2016
Meanwhile, plenty of other people have taken to Twitter to share their own opinions on the matter:
I can’t find a violin to play that’s tiny enough for the chance that McSwiggan may be misrepresented
— Andreas (@AndreasLeKirk) June 29, 2016
I think I’m just mad that Callum McSwiggan’s mugshot is A+ and I would look like a hungover rat.
— Jack (@jckbkrrr) June 29, 2016
Whatever the spin, Calum McSwiggan was fine in his booking photo, and then he was show with injuries. The story doesn’t add up.
— Christopher D. Clegg (@chrisdclegg) June 29, 2016
it pisses me off how the LGBT community are all for supporting mental health issues but when Calum McSwiggan shows signs, we humiliate him
— danjoerous woman (@jBarge_) June 29, 2016
Even if Calum McSwiggan isn’t lying about the hate crime, the fact people think he is lying says a lot about how he handles himself
— ????? (@lxthrdg) June 29, 2016
McSwiggan’s is scheduled to appear in court today. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.
I love how Queerty has covered this. You’d think this was the OJ trial. Lol
If this guys end game is to get attention he has succeeded. If he has beaten then he needs help and support but if he wasn’t beaten and is making it up for some obscure reason he still needs help but an entirely different kind of help. Not prepared to comment further until we know more of the facts because something doesn’t add up.
Hopefully the police will have a video recording of the attention whore injuring himself while in custody. He doesn’t look injured in the mugshot which was taken after his alleged gay bashing.
Don’t judge what? McLiar’s admission that his friends, nor any other witness was present during the “attack?” Or don’t judge that in his booking photo, taken before the hospital photo, that he has no injuries?
Mmmm – guessing he was off his face on something and has a different memory of events, or he’s so stupid that he thought lying about something that would go to court would be the best way to go
According to LASD, he’s already in court for arraignment. No indication yet that he’s been placed in custody, but I’m sure there’s going to be bail attached. I don’t a crap what his “friends” say; he was spun out and had a little meth-fueled hissy fit in the Vons parking lot on Santa Monica, then lied to try to evade prosecution and responsibility. The guy’s an asshat.
@Stache: Shut the hell up, douchebag…figures that you’d side with thid methed up twink.
Don’t form an opinion yet, uh, sorry, that ship has sailed! It’s particularly offensive to me that he chose the make-believe narrative that he did, saying that some bad people beat him up because he’s gay. What a waste of space this guy apparently is.
@JED08: Agreed. I hope he can’t make bail and winds up in Men’s Central Receiving…those bubbas in there will make GOOD use of him in the shower! LA Superior Court says he was summoned this morning for arraignment, but no word yet from LASD whether or not bail’s been attached. I’ll know by this afternoon and will spread the word…MUCH to his and his fans’ chagrin, I’m sure!
@Paco: That was another of his endless selfies. not how he took his gauze bad from his IV and slapped it on his forehead, hanging in the breeze, as if to make a “prop” alluding to getting six stitches. Per LASD, NO injuries apparent upon being taken into custody, and this was a failed attempt to feign an injury to garner Facebook support or some shit. Give him 90 in Men’s Central..that’ll get him over his little nasty meth habit and MAYBE make him THINK….for once in his entitled life.
Don’t form an opinion yet ? I guess that little clique of UK attention-whores needs time to get the stories straight in a way to….try to get out of this.
And if that evil, hook-nosed, look-at-me, clown Riyadh is permanently banned from the U.S. this whole thing will have a great outcome.
THIS JUST IN…entitled little meth ho Calum McSwiggan now has $20K bail on his head….if he can’t make bail at arraignment today, OFF TO JAIL HE GOES! Just desserts all around on that one.
@DeserTBoB: That’s high ! How many cars did he damage ??
@joeyty: Two, ripped the side view mirror off of one, and used the mount of that to screw up the paint on an adjacent one. OK, that’s destruction of private property X 2, then we have lying to a peace officer in the course of an investigation, another misdemeanor. Still, that doesn’t add up to 20K bail in my book, so let’s throw in public intox (H&S 11550)…that’s usually 5K or so. STILL isnt’ ringing the bell, and that’s also a misdemeanor. Possession of drug paraphernalia (H&S 11642, I believe, “Possession of Opium Pipe”, used for possessing a meth pipe now.). THAT’LL do it, maybe, but that’s still a misdemeanor. Simple possession of meth? (H&S 11377), Yup, NOW we’re looking at the total package indeed, and that’s a felony. So, back to the LASD system, and YUP, felony-level charges, so he had to have been popped for meth possession. The vandalism, lying and meth pipe beefs are all misdemeanors. I’ll know more tonight.
It must be nice to be a cute little twink, because THEN you can do things like this and people will believe anything that comes out of your mouth, or try to kiss it and make it all better when you’re discovered to be lying through your teeth. There’s no losing for him…except the actual consequences for his actions, but a GoFundMe page will raise all the money for bail and pain and suffering he needs.
@Xzamilio: Yup, that’s the meth-addicted twinks’ favorite ruse these days…GoFundMe to make bail. Seen it a bunch of times already.
Yeah, let’s not form an opinion of him just yet, but totally form an opinion of the police department you threw under the bus in your quest for attention. No skepticism for his “account” of the story, but totally scrutinze the WeHo police for doing their due diligence. And that Melanie Murphy girl… I distinctly remember her name popping up in another story involving a YouTuber and leaving with a sour opinion of her. Toby Turner, I believe.
@Xzamilio: Ewwww…. train wreck!
Wasn’t there a guy like last year that claimed he was the victim of a hate crime that was fishy as hell and basically said the same thing about “My lawyer has recommended that I not tell my side of the story and I hate that I can’t say anything.” This sounds really familiar.
It’s really good that I don’t have a Twitter account, or his lousy “friends” would be getting an eyeful about now.
A case of “Youtube stars” taking themselves waaaaaaaaaaay too seriously.
@DeserTBoB: thank you for the info.
He’s trying to defend himself on his Facebook page, bringing out some preposterous tale that some of the suckers are buying.
@DeserTBoB: Who you telling? Just professional victims. One got caught in a lie, and the others are backing him and riding that lie until the wheels fall off. They’re either really good friends or really bad friends, depending on how you look at it.
@joeyty: Ugh, did you see that convoluted mess? I love how he only comes clean about the forehead injury after the WeHo police proved it was self-inflicted, not to mention that the bracelet around his wrist is actually his BOOKING bracelet and not a hospital bracelet, proving between the station and the hospital is when those injuries to his forehead occurred (we got some Twitter Nancy Drews lol)
I don’t care what his mental state is… he knowingly filed a false report, he tried to ruin the reputation of the police force, and whether we like it or not, they are force that needs to be reformed and not constantly vilified. But, this is the narrative they want… trial by social media, damn the judicial process.
The comments on her post are pathetic honestly… a long ass post from a friend that didn’t even witness anything.
@Xzamilio: Yes, I agree with all that. Time for people to really raise their standards about who they want to admire on YouTube.
“Baby Calum’s” booking info: http://app4.lasd.org/iic/details.cfm You’ll probably have to go in through the main page and use a captcha to get there, but just type in his name, McSwiggan Calum and WHUMP….there it is! FELONY-level charges, goo…he got popped for meth possession. The only other possible charge that’d even close to rise ot felony level would by Lying to a Peace Officer in the Coures of Investigation, which CAN carry a felony-level indictment. Also, his bail’s not been paid…looks like “Baby Calum” might be on his way to jail, unless Hizzoner likes baleful twinks trying to play “remorse” at the defendant’s table…in a jumpsuit.
Is it true he has done porn?
“No Commenting” BUT giving The Advocate” an interview. OK! Melanie’s book report posted on her FB page, since taken down, was so full of holes. When she went on an answering questions rampage her lies kept coming out because she forgot she lied. Ship them all back to Ireland and take away any chance of them ever entering the states anytime. Apologize, after spending time in a REAL prison cell for an extended period of time!, and not in a “Whoa Is Me” way like in Calum’s “I did gay porn, I’m Sorry” way! MEAN IT. Then shut your channel down because you obviously have NO IDEA what the “Gay Lifestyle” is and you should not be making videos that impressionable young boys and girls will take to heart. In my eyes you are a disgrace that only wants as many people to like him as he can get to validate the fact that you have so much self hate in you you had to project it. #Disgusted #NOH8 #Liar
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