Calum McSwiggan: YouTube Star Fakes Hate Crime, Faces 364 Days In Jail

Calum McSwiggan: YouTube Star Fakes Hate Crime, Faces 364 Days In Jail
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After a controversial post narrating what he called a hate crime, which was later proven as fake, Calum McSwiggan faces 364 days jail time, let alone online bashing.


McSwiggan posted on his Instagram account a narrative of his alleged experience when he visited a gay nightclub to celebrate the recently held VidCon over the weekend. But according to McSwiggan, the incident happened after he was separated from his friends in the bar. According to him, three guys beat him up.

“Last night was the worst night of my life and I’m really struggling to find the words to talk about it,” McSwiggan said.

The VidCon 2016, which was held in Anaheim, California from June 23 to 25, is an annual gathering of online video enthusiasts all over the world. McSwiggan, a popular YouTube star, attended this year’s VidCon along with his friends.

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“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,” McSwiggan said.

In a report from People, it was learned that the Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene in response to the post made by Calum McSwiggan, but to their dismay. The report noted that the officials were not able to validate McSwiggan’s alleged assault.

What the responding team saw was that McSwiggan appeared unharmed. Instead, the responding unit saw him vandalizing a car, hence the charge. The authorities added it was at the police station where he was seen injuring himself. He was later brought to the hospital to treat the self-inflicted injuries where he took the controversial photo.

He later posted on Facebook narrating the full details of the incident. McSwiggan stood by his previous post, claiming he was mugged by a group of three men.