Calum McSwiggan is a gay YouTube star, who called cops on Saturday night claiming he was beaten by three men in an apparent hate crime. Posting all over social media, McSwiggan used his fan base to rally the gay community behind him. Now, police have charged him with a crime, and the one thing they have that proves he is lying will blow your mind.
When Los Angles County Sheriff Deputies responded to Calum McSwiggan’s 911 call, saying he was a victim of a hate crime, they found no evidence that he was telling the truth. What they did find was a drunk McSwiggan, vandalizing a car.
After they arrested him, they took his mug shot and locked him up. Within a few hours, they heard him screaming in his cell, which was only occupied by him. McSwiggan had beaten himself with the pay phone in the holding cell, cutting his face.
The YouTuber was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. “Mr. McSwiggan’s booking photo was taken prior to deputies seeing Mr. McSwiggan injuring himself,” according to the sheriff’s department statement, after providing McSwiggan’s booking photo, which shows no visible injuries. [via Advocate]
McSwiggan’s mug shot shows him unscathed, not beaten up at all, so now he’s changing his story. Since filing a false claim of a hate crime is considered a felony, he now claims he had no choice but to beat himself up while in custody to get out of jail.
McSwiggan wrote in a Facebook post, “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.”
In a long diatribe on that Facebook post, he says that, while at a nightclub, he met a guy he “took a shining to” and started flirting with him. He followed him to a dark car park, where two other men joined them. Then he says everything gets hazy, but he recalls getting punched in the mouth and beaten before he blacked out.
In fact, he claims he blacked out a lot that night, as many as three separate times, and he even admits to vandalizing a car, the car that the guys who beat him up were driving. According to his absurd claims, he got beaten up, but he still managed to vandalize his attacker’s car. Something sounds fishy.
McSwiggan is a YouTube star who thrives on attention. He makes money on his social media presence. He uses soft porn titles like “Gay Guys See My Nudes” and “Gay Love Story: My Hot Australian Boyfriend” to entice gays into clicking on his videos.
One really sad fact is that gays on Twitter seem to think, overwhelmingly, that he is being framed. This is the liberal mindset: cops are out to get the LBGTQ community, minorities, and Muslims.
— Sunniva H (@sunnivash) June 29, 2016
— JC Pitre (@sooth15) June 29, 2016
Obviously, this guy’s attorney is walking into a nightmare since his client won’t keep his mouth shut. McSwiggan might just unintentionally reap something he has been chasing — national media attention — but not in the way he had imagined.
If found guilty, he may be facing jail time, and God only knows the stories he could tell from his prison cell. Don’t lie to the cops, and do not make up crap to bash them. Their job is hard enough without this kind of crap.