British YouTuber Calum McSwiggan has been charged with filing a false report after claiming he was beaten outside a gay club, Los Angeles police say.
As we reported earlier in the week, the 26-year-old claimed he had three broken teeth and six stitches in his forehead after he was beaten by three men early Monday. He posted a photo of the ‘attack’ on Instagram.
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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, police say he had no visual injuries and was taken into custody after authorities saw him vandalizing a car.
“Mr. McSwiggan, of London, was later seen hitting himself with the handle and receiver of a pay phone at the jail and was taken to a hospital,” the department said in a statement. He was misdemeanor count of false report of a criminal offense.
McSwiggan has over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube, where his videos range from lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender lifestyles.
He pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court on July 19.