British YouTuber Calum McSwiggan has revealed he was beaten by “three guys” and ended up in hospital after a homophobic attack.
The UK video maker has been in the US, appearing at video meet-up ‘VidCon’, and on a night out was reportedly attacked.
The YouTuber, who posts videos around ‘safe sex’, took to Instagram over the weekend to share a photo of himself in hospital, detailing how he was “beaten up by three guys” outside a gay nightclub in West Hollywood.
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.
However, there has been mixed reports on what happened with some sources starting that Captain Holly Perez of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station stating Calum was examined in a parking opposite the night club on Santa Monica Boulevard, and no bruises or injuries were visible.
It is also claimed that as deputies were questioning security guards in the parking lot, Calum broke a wing mirror off a car and scratched the paint on another vehicle with the broken mirror.
The report goes on that Calum was seen trying to harm himself in the police station – before he was taken to hospital where he posted the Instagram photo.
Calum has said he will make a statement as soon as possible.
He is due to appear at LAX court at 08.00 PDT on Wednesday 29 June
We’ll update the story as news comes in.