Police Say YouTuber Calum McSwiggan Faked Gay Bashing
Calum McSwiggin is an LGBT lifestyle blogger with more than 62,000 subscribers and 5-million views. He uploads five new videos a week on a variety of topics including LGBT rights, mental health, and sex education.
Yesterday, the 26- posted a photo to his Instagram account and claimed that he was targeted and beaten outside a gay club. He allegedly suffered three broken teeth and needed stitches on his head after “three guys” attacked him following VidCon.
He described the “event” in detail on Instagram in a post which read: “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 friends @riyadhk, @melaniiemurphy and @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.”
UPDATED June 28, 2016, 4:04 p.m. PST
Although his story is convincing and terribly sad, the police say McSwiggan’s is lying. Apparently, he was arrested after security guards witnessed him pull a rearview mirror off a parked car and scratching another car’s paint.
While in his holding cell, he allegedly gay bashed himself and then accused the police of treating him badly. Some people will do anything for fame.