The British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan has been charged with filing a false police report, WeHoVille reports.
Additionally, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies have charged McSwiggan with vandalizing a car in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
Related: Calum McSwiggan’s Friends: “Don’t Form Opinions” About Alleged Attack Just Yet
On Tuesday, we first reported the alleged hate crime assault on McSwiggan, who took to Facebook to share a photo of himself in the hospital, describing the event as “the worst night of my life.”
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.”
The charges come on the heels of an official statement from authorities who disputed McSwiggan’s claim.
Related: Sources Are Seriously Questioning Whether Gay YouTube Star Was Actually Beaten In WeHo
“After being booked and photographed, Mr. McSwiggan was placed into a cell by himself at West Hollywood Station,” it read in part.
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.”
Here’s that photo:
Damien Nichols, a friend of McSwiggan’s, texted WeHoVille to say the star was completely out of his mind that night, and totally at fault in the incident:
I saw the report about Calum. I was there, he was acting crazy, he stole a bottle from the Abbey, literally grabbed it from the bar and walked out.
“He kept picking fights, and he was acting completely out of his mind. He smashed up, and keyed my friend’s car, the only straight guy with us, who is completely accepting of us. He kept yelling and picking fights with my straight friend, who was really just not interested in his drama.
“This really upsets me, that someone would come to our town and cry wolf. Things are really happening out there, what happened Sunday night was just a dramatic boy crying out for attention.”
Not surprisingly, McSwiggan has taken to Facebook to write his own interminable take on the situation, in which he says he was “high from having an amazing time at VidCon” before things took a dark turn.
Related: Popular Gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan Brutally Beaten Outside The Abbey In West Hollywood
McCallum admits to busting his own face with the telephone inside his holding cell, saying, “I knew I had to injure myself to get out of the cell and into a hospital, and it was the only solution I could find to get myself out of there. This is incredibly out of character for me…”
He still claims, however, that he was attacked by three men that night.
If somehow you haven’t had your fill of this story, you can read his extremely long explanation below.
The truth and full story of the events on June 26th.
On Sunday June 26th I went out to The Abbey, a gay club, in West Hollywood with my friends and fellow YouTubers Riyadh Khalaf, Melanie Murphy and Doug Armstrong. We were on a high from having an amazing time at VidCon and celebrating the end of it with one last night out. We had two or three drinks and were feeling very happy. We were mingling and talking with other people and I found a guy I took a liking to. I began flirting with him and left The Abbey with him. I believe we were accompanied by two of his friends but my memory is hazy with this.
I walked with him to a dark car park no more than five minutes away where, if they weren’t already with us, we were joined by two of his friends by his car. I know the car belonged to him because at one point he opened the door – I believe he was retrieving something from the glove box but I can’t be sure.
After this I was talking to them, I don’t remember about what specifically, but at some point in that conversation his tone and attitude flipped. He said something about my friend Melanie and then punched me in the mouth. I blacked out quickly after this but remember being kicked in the body multiple times, I believe by all three men.
Shortly afterwards I regained consciousness and instantly realised one of my front teeth was broken. I have spent my whole adult life campaigning for LGBT+ equality and did not take this attack lightly. I can not say for 100% that this was because I was gay but I can’t think of any other justification for this random attack. In a moment of devastation, anger and blind rage I kicked the wing mirror of the attacker’s car until it broke and then ripped it off with my hands. I also scratched the front of the car with the broken wing mirror before returning back to The Abbey for help.
I approached the first people I found, two girls, and told them what had happened. I was hysterical and just wanted help. They comforted me but weren’t sure how to help so I called my friend Riyadh. I explained what had happened, in full, and there should be a record of this phone call. He told me to meet him outside the abbey entrance where I found them and collapsed on the ground in tears while they comforted me. I asked them to call the police and Riyadh did immediately. There should also be a record of this phone call. The police arrived in less than five minutes and were very helpful at this time. They allowed me some time and space to calm down before talking to me and getting my story. I told them everything and told them I vandalised the vehicle. I showed them the wing mirror which I still had with me. I believe this was kept by The Abbey staff security. I did not think that under the circumstances that I would be treated as a criminal and I suggested bringing the police to the vehicle so that they could take the registration and find the owner to prosecute him.
I got in the police car with my friend Doug who was comforting me and Melanie and Riyadh followed behind. We found the vehicle immediately and after speaking on their phones and radios for a few minutes the police asked me again if it was me who damaged the car. I again confirmed that I had done it and the female police officer said, “I’m sorry, but I have no choice but to do this,” and reached for her handcuffs. I said I understood and immediately put my hands behind my back so that she could handcuff me and put me in the back of the vehicle. They then confiscated my belongings and wouldn’t let me talk to my friends any longer. I asked the female police officer to come and talk to me, and she did, where I explained again what had happened and asked why I was being treated as the criminal. She apologised but said that she did not believe I had been attacked due to the lack of physical injuries on my face. This caused me to break down again and they allowed my friend Doug to comfort me briefly before I was taken away to the police station.
At the station I was put into a holding cell where I asked to speak to a medical professional, a councillor, my parents, my friends, a lawyer, for a phone call, or to be transferred to a hospital but they wouldn’t let me.
I was understandably shaken, upset, and terrified. I kept asking what was going to happen to me and what was going on but nobody would tell me. I was in tears and visibly shaking and clearly in need of support but was given none.
My father eventually called the station and I could hear them speaking to him on the phone. I pleaded with them to let me speak with him but they wouldn’t allow me to. They were asking him to pay $20,000 to release me otherwise I’d have to stay in jail until my court case. I did not understand this was bail or how bail worked and I freaked out. I knew he would pay it and couldn’t allow him to do that. In a moment of desperation to get out of the cell, I took the pay phone off the wall and hit myself once across the forehead with it as hard as I could. I knew I had to injure myself to get out of the cell and into a hospital, and it was the only solution I could find to get myself out of there. This is incredibly out of character for me and is testament to how upset I was in that moment. I do not regret doing this as I could still be in the jail cell if I didn’t.
I blacked out again and woke up in a pool of my own blood with paramedics helping me onto a stretcher. The female officer I had spoke to earlier was there and I said “I don’t like you,” because I hoped she would have been the one to help me or give me support. I could tell she felt sympathetic but was unable to help. I didn’t see her again after that.
From there I was put into an ambulance and taken to hospital. There I was assigned a psychiatrist who was wonderfully kind and supportive. I told him the story and he was both sympathetic and understanding. I could tell that he believed me. I told him that I only hurt myself to get out of the jail cell and he confirmed that he thought that under the circumstances it was the best thing I could have done. I wish I knew his name because he was the person that stopped me losing it altogether in a crisis.
I was given stitches and had my body examined and my injuries photographed. I was later allowed to be released but given paperwork to appear in court at 8:30am on June 29th.
I left the hospital and got into a cab to the hotel where me and my friends were staying. They took me for breakfast to help me calm down and when I tried to eat I felt a terrible pain in my mouth and realised two more of my teeth were broken.
We wrote down this whole story and emailed it to a friend of ours who is a lawyer. We have this email dated and time stamped. We were advised to say nothing about the arrest or the police on social media until after the court case. Several of my followers reached out as they were worried after seeing snapchats from Riyadh and Melanie of the night’s events. I decided to post on Instagram to tell them that I’d been attacked, that I was okay, and that I would give the full story as soon as I could.
I attended court this morning, June 29th, but there was no record of my case on file. We’re going back later to try and resolve this fully.
I’m heartbroken about the events and these have been the worst few days of my life. Many people are trying to discredit my story but this is the full and entire truth. Just because there were no visible marks on my face does not mean I was not attacked. Being accused of being a liar and being called a disgrace to the LGBT+ community, a community I’ve dedicated my life to, is more painful than any hate crime could ever be.
I do not blame the individual police officers for what happened. They were just doing their jobs. I believe they genuinely believed I had not been attacked. I find it shocking, however, that there is not a system in place to protect victims. Victims should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed immediate medical advice and council in a crisis.
The injuries sustained from the attack were as follows:
– Three broken teeth
– Cut and bruise on my collar bone (visible in the mug shot)
– Bruising to my left arm and shoulder, barely visible, but unable to raise arm fully
– Bruising on my right wrist
– Minor scrapes on body
The injuries sustained in the holding cell:
– One wound to the forehead which required six stitches
Thank you for those that believed me from the start. Your support has been the only thing that has gotten me and my friends through this nightmare of a situation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
He has issues and needs help – but he needs to realise this in order to get help
Do we really need another young queen claiming victim when reality says something TOTALLY different happened? It seems like only yesterday when the Dallas Bar B Q incident proved to have two sides to it that wasn’t exactly on the side of the young queen crying wolf. It turned out she taunted that wolf and the wolf bit her in her ass. He’s lucky the guy didnt bash his brains in after ripping off that mirror. Now the poor guy has to face higher insurance rates thanks to this drugged out lying ass degenerate.
It’s hilarious how Gay Inc idolizes any gay-identifying guy who claims to be a victim. Gay Inc loves victims. All of gay culture is based on the “poor little me” notion.
What a pathological liar.
PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID
Literally a stunt queen. Hollywood should hire him and smash shit on his head
First, I want to say WeHoVille did a great job getting all of the facts on this one and Queerty was good about updating the story.
Here is the thing. Most blog operators want to focus on legit cases involving hate crimes when they happen because it helps to quickly bring focus to an issue.
The problem with Mr. McSwiggan (and those like him) is they end up harming a community by pulling this kind of stuff.
There are so many people who are gay bashed and never get their voices heard. This guy just makes it all that much harder now for others.
Yet another reason why I have to approach all reports of gay bashing and anti-gay discrimination with a huge dose of skepticism, until all the facts have been presented. People like him must have no clue what kind of damage they do to our community by fabricating these stories, or they are simply too self-centered to even care.
@Stache: Oh, so NOW you come around. Douchebag.
There’s more to this than this story’s reporting. NO ONE who gets a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report gets $20K bail. I’m willing to bet he got popped on a possession charge and will go to “drug court” for that. I cannot envision him also skating on the destruction of private property charge re the two cars, either. I’ll find out…it’ll be on the Superior Court stie soon.
@charlie_jackpot: He needs 90 days in Men’s Central..>THAT’LL straighten his ass out but QUICK! Then deport him.
Can we like… Brexit him?
This guy, like so many other self styled “celebrities” these days, needs some serious help. Cute guy gets way too much attention, head swells along with ego and self importance and then there is the inevitable big come down or fall from reality. If the media paid less attention to these air heads, like Kadasioans, Sarah Palin and yes, the Trump, they’d still be stewing in their dark little corners where they belong.
I only need to look at the length of that tome to know he’s full of shit.
So that means when convicted, he’ll be banned from entering the USA, Canada, New Zealand, etc. right, which is why actors, singers, and other entertainers try hard not to get a record if they want to travel or work overseas?
@PabloBravo8: If he gets pinned with a meth charge, he’ll do time then be deported.
Whoops! Despite efforts by his “fanboys” to keep this under wraps and ‘make it all go away,” little Calum’s misdeeds have no acquired the authority of the pages of the Los Angeles Times, to wit: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-youtube-star-arrested-claimed-assault-20160628-snap-htmlstory.html
Buh bye, ‘net ho!
They will probably end up giving him a plea deal that allows him to pay a fine and do no more time so that he can get his ass back to the UK. Before you all go ASSuming he was using meth you might want to wait for the records to get out they will indicate if he was charged with possession or not. The fact that WeHoVille did not list that as one of the crimes likely means he was not charged with possession because they likely got the charges from a records request through the court.
@PabloBravo8: Every time I see the word “Brexit” it makes me hungry because it reminds me of Brisket. Just thought I’d say that because this little twink bores me now. And the hypocrisy of that particular fanbase… the one that was ready to crucify the police department and three guys that didn’t do anything to this little METH-od actor, but exposed as a liar and they still believe huh.
Big Head Baby
Oh go away!
@Xzamillio…………do you wonder if he claimed the three guys were…………………..never mind, if no one else is wondering then why should you or I.
Pssst……I’ll bet thats exactly what he did say But just between you and I.
@Brian: You’re right about that NOW…didn’t used to be that way in the ’70s, people were finding courage to fight for their rights. Now? We’re back to the 1940s again…just as Quentin Crisp warned.
What a sick psychotic liar this kid is.
@BigG: Looks like he’ll do some jail time, or at least get a suspended sentence in return for revocation of his visa and being placed on the “no entry” list. His videos suck, too.
He is going to be surprised again when he gets a $10,000 hospital bill. We don’t have national healthcare Cal. Good luck with that.
Congratulations liar, welcome to the pathetic club of fakers! Your club includes:
Dayna Morales: lesbian waitress.
Sarah Bray: Claimed barred from visiting her sick partner.
That thing at the Dallas BBQ grill in NY.
Guy who claimed “[email protected]” was written on cake.
Lesbian couple who said a bakery tampered with their cake.
Lesbian named Beth who said a homophobic note was written on the back of a birthday card.
UCLan Student: Richard Scott Kennedy claimed to have been beaten by several me. But it turned out that his injuries were the result of falling face down.
Quinn Matiney: said she was brandied by someone.
Charlie Rogers: said three homophobic men carved homophobic slurs into her body.
And lets not forget:
Alexandra Pennell: and
And many, many more. This epidemic has got to stop.
He’s a sad, pathetic liar who obviously needs serious mental health help.
Gay Liars Matter!!
Sounds like a methhead who needed some attention.
As for real news. The chair of the House committee on Human rights just said that lgbt rights don’t count.
DAMN IT, this shit is one of the worst things anyone can do. And it is especially bad when gay people do it.Now people are less likely to believe real hate crimes when they happen to our community
@Tackle: Rick Jones of Delta, Utah, was an especially juicy one.
@Tackle: Quinn Matney was a male, though. North Carolina. Claimed to have been attacked and branded by homophobes when it was all self-inflicted.
This is just sad all around. I hope he gets the help he needs or we will get another report in a few weeks about his untimely passing.
@joeyty: Yes Rick Jones of Delta, how did I leave that one out. And correct, it was a juicy one. Actually Quinn (Matney)yes I miss-spelled, I believe is transgendered,which is why I used the female pronoun…
But the problem with all these lies, is that there will be less sympathy, and believeability for actual victims of real attacks. And in many cases, it may prompt law enforcement and the media/press to move slower, increasing the likelihood of a perpetrator/s getting away…
More about web attention ho McSwiggan’s little legal kerfuffle:
Defendant Name: MCSWIGGAN, CALUM
June 27, 2016
June 29, 2016
June 29, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W73 ARRAIGNMENT
June 29, 2016 01:30 PM Airport Courthouse W73 BENCH WARRANT HEARING
July 19, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W73 PRETRIAL HEARING
01 148.5(A) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
(a) Every person who reports to any peace officer listed in Section 830.1 or 830.2, or subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, the Attorney General, or a deputy attorney general, or a district attorney, or a deputy district attorney that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed, knowing the report to be false, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
His prelim is scheduled for July 19, on the top count of the indictment. However, VERY interestingly, that doesn’t explain the $20K bail affixed to the case. I know what’s going on, and others legally savvy will know, too…he was booked into LASD WeHo substation WITH FELONY CHARGES and that felony charge is NOT on the docket, as is customary with METHAMPHETAMINE CASES, which are then referred to “drug court” for application for DEJ (no Prop 36 anymore; it was a fraud and The Guv pulled the plug on the funding.) There are also lesser included charges for petty theft and misdemeanor vandalism…BUT…he was booked on a FELONY, to wit:
Booking No.: 4706044 Last Name: MCSWIGGAN First Name: CALUM Middle Name:
Sex: M Race: W Date Of Birth: 05/21/1990 Age: 26 Hair: BLN Eyes: BLU Height: 601 Weight: 175
Charge Level: F (Felony)
Stay tuned. Hopefully, this’ll be enough to get him OUT of the country and OFF of YouTube. BTW Calum…your videos SUCK.
@Tackle: Sooner or later, SOMEONE’S going to have to break this “smiley fae” coverup routine that “Gay Inc.” is putting on all this crap. The gay community is seriously off the rails…#1 group of methamphetamine abusers in the country now, and, of course, still #1 in new HIV infections. Sooner or later, the millions of bi guys who’ve done their part to support gay rights politically and monetarily are going to start pulling the plug…THEN where will “Gay Inc’s” agenda go? Down the crapper, and all this just gives these church nutters and right wing freaks in the politics business MORE ammo. Time to do a little “self-policing,” the way I see it.
@DeserTBoB: I wholeheartedly agree with you that we, the LGBTQ community should definitely do self-policing. And WE need to demand that there be tougher laws/stiffer sentencing for this type of action and behavior. And not just for LGBTQ people, but from any grope perpetrating false lies of abuse, beatings and bashing . And some of you need to get of this soap-box by claiming these people are mentally ill, and call it what it really is. Selfish, needy, narcissistic, immature, attention whoring behavior…
isn’t this piece of work the second or third person, gay or not to blame gay bashing for their bad behaviors or to get attention? i’m glad he has been charged and i hope this is a wake up call to the people who think gay bashing is a joke
I believe Calum needs some physiological help to come to terms with what he’s doing and why he’s doing it if not as an attention seeker. It is a pity that his actions have caused him to damage his reputation in the UK and the USA.
Actually, from the mugshot he’s not that cute but love those eyebrows, Miss Thang. Needs lip injections and some highlights.
Not only did his version of the story have obvious holes in it, but he described set ups that make him come off like a very unstable individual to begin with.
I agree with those who say he needs mental help. Maybe he’ll get it now. But part of this is the fault of all those who make guys like him (and that jerk cohort of his, Riyadh, who many think is covering for him) think they’re some kind of untouchable “stars” for….having YouTube channels where they display absolutely nothing except showing how they can pose in different settings with their mouths open and arms outspread (“look at me”!)
youve got issues, use some tissues, bitch please. get over yourself
@EvonCook: I’m still reeling from the fact you think Donald Trump is a “cute guy” 😛
@He BGB: Aren’t those special A little “work,” and she can get out of the web attention ho business and start hitting the drag shows. Well….a LOT of work, maybe?
He’s not a ‘youtube star’. He’s a nobody desperately trying to be a somebody. He’s also an undesirable alien who has already cost the citizens of California tens of thousands of dollars. He’s worse than all those alleged Romanians trying to get free care from the National Health!
@Pete: Ah, another gypsy! I haven’t seen anyting in the press, ‘net or print, about ICE getting involved in this mess. He should have his visa cancelled and be deported back home with a “no entry” tag on his file. I know Australia would’ve just thrown his ass back to England and that’d be that…why spend money on incarcerating him? Just “get your kit and GO, mate!” Autralia has the right idea…keep people OUT who don’t behave properly. They’ve already banned Donald Frump and their own Rupie Murdoch…works for me!
@DeserTBoB: “Autralia has the right idea…keep people OUT who don’t behave properly”
Then why do they have a Muslim problem too ?
He may need to do porn to pay for his legal fees. A meth-fueled Treasure Island Gift-Giving scene would be perfect for him.
@Pete: LMAO! We seem to be on the same wavelength with this asshat! OUT ya GO, beeeyotch! Now watch…after a prolonged absence on “YouBoob,” he’ll try for another “comeback.” After all, “It happened to Barbara Stanwyck!”
Is that Atticus Bennett? Totally seems like something he’d do too.
@Masc Pride: Another gay “wannabe star” YouTube asshat.
Add to the list of “gay bash fakers” the worst of them all: Matthrew Shepard, a meth addict/dealer and smack user who got into dipping into the company store a little too much and owed his wholesaler BIG ($10K) and got the usual remedy for that…a beatdown…and he died. His “fakery” was posthumous, carried out by his enabling Republican family, and a Wyoming judiciary who didn’t want to ever admit they had more than one gay male in the state.
@DeserTBoB: I am intrigued by your comment. I attended my first pride and I was shocked at how unfocused the community was. Some parade floats were great. Some were extremely, extremely depressing and irrelevant. I brought this up on a date recently and the well-educated person went nuts about social justice and stuff and started shaming me and railing and attacking me about Trump and Brexit. Many of the floats were about small local politicians like city comptrollers and some about irrelevant political coups in foreign countries.
The gay community needs to really rethink its focus. Gays I have discovered don’t understand they are being killed in certain parts of the world targeted by muslims but don’t acknowledge this and freak about Trump, petty US politics and Social Justice.
These are your brothers being murdered in many parts of the world, and now Orlando. Not by Christians, Buddhists, HIndus and people of other orientations and faiths. And please don’t social-justice me – I’ve had enough of it.
@mw11: No truer words were ever typed on this thing. Back after Stonewall and prior to ’80 was the “Golden Age” in which there was significant esprit de corps and social cohesion, in which people out here in my native area like Harry Hay (now denigrated by the Lesbian-controlled “gay press”) and Morris Kight (now dismissed as being “old hat” by today’s post-pandemic crowd is ne’re-do-wells), as well as MCC founder Troy Perry, worked long and hard to have us come together and demonstrate and rally for equal rights, freedom from police harassmen (LA was the scene of MUCH of that, as was NYC in ’69), and there was a feeling of REAL “pride” in ourselves. I lived as a gay male back then, making infrequent incursions into heterosex now and then (some rather unfortunate), but I believed that I was part of a great awakening of a long-oppressed minority that was being bashed to bits by mainstream religion and conservative politics. Fast forward to the future, I see NONE of that these days…all I see is the archetypical 20-soemthing twink trying to get his ass blasted and for someone to “share favors” with him, livng at home with mom and/or dad after his last trip to jail for whatever. It’s all over the hookup sites, and I spent much time researching them. The gay community is heading off a big cliff, much like a league of lemmings. Someone had better wake their asses up soon, or we’ll be back to the 1930s again, and quickly.
@Masc Pride: It does, except he’s too afraid to travel to L.A. by himself, so he’d have to do it where he is.
@DeserTBoB: And you DO have a Muslim problem in Australia because you DON’T keep out troublemakers.
@mw11: “The gay community needs to really rethink its focus. Gays I have discovered don’t understand they are being killed in certain parts of the world targeted by muslims but don’t acknowledge this and freak about Trump, petty US politics and Social Justice.” They’re either still self-hating and really want to die at Muslim hands, or they’re too scared to acknowledge the real threat. It has to be one of the two.
@Tackle: Don;t forget Tawana Brawley
How many times can this kid use the word “I” ??
– Three broken teeth
– Cut and bruise on my collar bone (visible in the mug shot)
Does anyone see this? I mean I blew his mug up as large as I could on my 55 inch TV and I see NOTHING like this at all. (You are wearing a shirt bro! How do we “Visibly” see a cut and bruise on your collarbone?) Oh you mean that thing you showed “The Advocate that you had to lift up your shirt to show??) That was under your armpit area. UGH!
@Markajv: OH wait. I see – NOT in the MUG SHOT but in the SELFIE you took in the hospital!! #AreWeStupid
I summation, just spread the word that this turd is making us ALL look BAD and treat his YooBoo page accordingly. Time to dole out a little street justice to fakes, fools, tweekers and trollops.
My question is: who in the world in Calum McSwiggan? Here is another scoop the eagle eyes at Queerty can jump on: “Derek McGillicuddy insults taxi driver in NYC, leaves no tip.”
Calum is a loser in need of psychiatric counseling before he becomes a serious threat to himself and those around him. God only knows how many followers (lives) he’s already negatively influenced through his vain, self-serving YouTube channel.
he seems rather shallow.
TODAY 7/19/2016 is supposed to be the DAY Calum McSwiggan goes to court for allegedly faking a Gay Hate Crime. THERE IS NOTHING NEW ON THE INTERNET. SINCE we have not heard anything but the same regurgitated bullshit since that night in June will we NOW be able to find out the truth? See the CCTV footage? See the CCTV footage from his Jail Cell? We want to know!!
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