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This Gay Youtuber Faked A Hate Crime By Beating Himself With A Payphone

Vlogger Calum McSwiggan claims to be the victim of a hate crime, but the police are telling a different story.

Well, this is messy.

LGBT lifestyle vlogger Calum McSwiggan has been charged with filing a false police report after claiming to be the victim of a hate crime, Page Six reports.

McSwiggan, who is openly gay, claims that he was brutally beaten by three men in West Hollywood after visiting gay club The Abbey. According to his Facebook and Instagram posts, the attack left him with three broken teeth and six stitches in his forehead. McSwiggan uploaded a photo of himself in a hospital bed two days ago, and called the incident the worst night of his life.

"The authorities should have been there to help and protect me, but instead they treated me like a second-class citizen," he wrote in the Instagram caption. "I've never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye."

But the L.A. County Sheriffs Department said that the officers who responded to the call that night were "unable to substantiate the assault." McSwiggan was later arrested at around 2:30 am, after officers caught him vanadalizing a car (a car McSwiggan later claimed belonged to one of his attackers).

According to the officers, McSwiggans "had no visible injuries" when he was arrested, a claim they feel is verified by McSwiggan's booking photo.

According to police, the Youtuber then began to injure himself while alone in his jail cell, using the handle and receiver of a pay phone. He was then taken to a hospital for treatment, and later released on $20,000 bail.

McSwiggan was charged with falsifying a police report yesterday, and could face almost a year in prison if convicted. He had this to say about the situation via Twitter yesterday.

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