As news spread of a hate crime against a YouTube personality, police say they saw no injuries.
Earlier today the story about a hate crime against gay vlogger Calum McSwiggan, went across the LGBT media airwaves. But he may have made the whole thing up.
The media personality claimed that he had gone to a gay club in West Hollywood to celebrate a fun day at Vidcon, an industry convention for video enthusiasts.
He claims that after he got separated from his friends, a trio of men started beating him in a “targeted attack.” McSwiggan even went to Facebook to document his ordeal, complete with a picture of him in a hospital bed.
However, some are questioning the validity of his claims.
WeHoVille, a popular LGBT publication is reporting that Capt. Holly Perez of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station said once her officers got to McSwiggan’s location that night and examined him, they found no evidence of bodily harm.
In fact, the report says that as police were questioning a security guard about the alleged attack, McSwiggan was seen tearing off the rear-view mirror of a parked car and using it to scratch the paint on another vehicle.
WeHoVille says that he was then taken to the police station and charged with doing damage to property.
Further, McSwiggan allegedly began doing harm to himself in the holding cell, before he was taken to the hospital.
On his Facebook post regarding the attack, McSwiggan writes that he felt like a second-class citizen when authorities arrived and he was, “terrified to be a gay man in the public eye.”
His list of injuries include, “three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead.”
We will update this story as more information becomes available.