A report from We The Unicorns, a publication dedicated to viral celebrities, has revealed that YouTube star Calum McSwiggan has officially been charged with filing a false police report on a supposed gay bashing that took place outside of popular WeHo hotspot, The Abbey.
According to an Instagram post from the openly gay 26-year-old London-born vlogger, the attack, which occurred just hours after the final day of VidCon on Sunday, left him with several broken teeth and bruises all over his body. Los Angeles County Police, who were called to the scene after the supposed fracas, would go on to say that McSwiggan had no visible injuries when they questioned him, and that he was ultimately arrested and charged with vandalizing a car that was parked in a lot adjacent to the nightclub. The Inquisitr reported on the initial story this past Wednesday.
Since his arrest and subsequent release on $20,000 bond, both Melanie Murphy, another YouTube content creator who was at the Abbey with two other LGBT YouTubers, Doug Armstrong and Riyadh Khalaf, and McSwiggan have released wordy statements about what they claimed was a “scary” night for all involved (Khalaf was the first to speak out about the situation via his Twitter early Monday, but he has since deleted the post).
“Just because somebody isn’t covered in movie-esque bruising with a nose gushing with blood doesn’t mean they weren’t attacked,” Murphy shared on Facebook. “[Calum] has been accused of making this up, which makes absolutely zero sense and is a disgrace. Anyone who knows the guy knows how sweet and quiet and loyal and trustworthy a person he is. I’d trust him with my life and I believe him 100 percent.”
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have steadfastly maintained their version of events; one that paints a dramatically different picture of an increasingly agitated McSwiggan causing his own head injury by striking himself with a pay phone receiver. Interestingly, McSwiggan has since admitted that he did indeed injure himself, but only as a way to be properly treated by medical officials.
“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,” McSwiggan expressed in his Facebook posting from Wednesday. “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.”
McSwiggan faced a judge on the same day he released his “statement” to make his case regarding the bashing, but was told that the file regarding the alleged assault had not been recorded. As of now, there is no word on whether or not he will face any charges charges for damaging the vehicle, although there have been several responses from people who claim to know the owner of the car that he defaced.
McSwiggan, a self-proclaimed LGBT lifestyle guru, is no stranger to controversy. In early 2016, several videos featuring the young man in sexual acts with several others began to appear on many gay adult entertainment sites. He would go on to state that the explicit moments took place during his time as a “adult cam model,” and that he hoped to use them as a way to open up conversations on safe-sex practices in the gay community. If convicted of filing a false police report, McSwiggan faces up to a year in jail.
[Photo from Calum McSwiggan/Instagram]