This is so awful!
YouTuber Calum McSwiggan Insists He Was Assaulted While A Witness Says He Was 'Acting Crazy' — And Now He's Facing ANOTHER Charge!
This scary story just keeps getting more and more complicated.
While the LGBT lifestyle vlogger alleges he was jumped by three strangers after leaving the El Lay hotspot, police investigating the incident say the Brit showed no signs of injury or evidence of any attack.
In fact, they arrested him for vandalizing a car after the altercation, but he was transferred to a hospital after he began to hurt himself in the holding cell.
And now, in addition to the vandalism charge, the internet celeb is also being charged with filing a false police report.
According to WEHOville, the online personality was faced with the new charge on Wednesday at LAX Courthouse.
However, the UK native took to Facebook that same day to insist that he's telling the truth about the night's events, describing the alleged attack:
"He said something about my friend Melanie and then punched me in the mouth. I blacked out quickly after this but remember being kicked in the body multiple times, I believe by all three men."
He went on to say that he believes it was a hate crime, writing:
"I have spent my whole adult life campaigning for LGBT+ equality and did not take this attack lightly. I can not say for 100% that this was because I was gay but I can't think of any other justification for this random attack."
The viral sensation even admitted to vandalizing a car after the fight, adding:
"In a moment of devastation, anger and blind rage I kicked the wing mirror of the attacker's car until it broke and then ripped it off with my hands. I also scratched the front of the car with the broken wing mirror before returning back to The Abbey for help."
Calum also explained that he called his friend and fellow YouTuber, Riyadh Khalaf, for help, and then called the police to report the assault.
He adamantly expressed that there are records of these calls, and said he was cooperative with the police.
Mr. McSwiggan claims that he confessed to the cops about scratching the vehicle, and was even understand when they brought him to the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station in handcuffs.
But, he says he got frustrated and scared when he found out the officers didn't believe his story, penning:
"I asked the female police officer to come and talk to me, and she did, where I explained again what had happened and asked why I was being treated as the criminal. She apologised but said that she did not believe I had been attacked due to the lack of physical injuries on my face. This caused me to break down again and they allowed my friend Doug to comfort me briefly before I was taken away to the police station."
So, the digital star even copped to hurting himself, because he felt it was the only way he could get to a hospital to be treated:
"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. 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. I blacked out again and woke up in a pool of my own blood with paramedics helping me onto a stretcher."
He also clapped back at skeptics who believe he's lying about the attack because his mugshot didn't show any injuries:
"Just because there were no visible marks on my face does not mean I was not attacked. Being accused of being a liar and being called a disgrace to the LGBT+ community, a community I've dedicated my life to, is more painful than any hate crime could ever be."
However, one of the guys he supposedly left The Abbey with, Damien Nichols, told WEHOville that Calum wasn't an innocent victim, and was actually the instigator, saying:
"I saw the report about Calum. I was there, he was acting crazy, he stole a bottle from the Abbey, literally grabbed it from the bar and walked out. He kept picking fights, and he was acting completely out of his mind. He smashed up, and keyed my friend's car, the only straight guy with us, who is completely accepting of us. He kept yelling and picking fights with my straight friend, who was really just not interested in his drama."
But, the YouTuber's friend, Melanie Murphy used social media to come to his defense with this lengthy post (below):
Plus, you can read Calum's full account (below):