Back in June, LGBT lifestyle blogger Calum McSwiggan was arrested for falsifying a police report and vandalism after claiming to be the victim of a hate crime. McSwiggan was arrested and later found injuring himself in jail. Now, McSwiggan is pleading not guilty on both charges and doubling down on his story.
“Many people are trying to discredit my story but this is the full and entire truth,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Just because there were no visible marks on my face does not mean I was not attacked.”
He continued: “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.”
This is the post he initially put up:
At the time, The Telegraph reported that The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said officers were unable to substantiate the assault. Police also say that McSwiggan also had no visible signs of injury before harming himself.
Queerty also noted that McSwiggan had originally missed his his court date because it conflicted with his vacation to Spain.
I don't know, you guys. Something fishy is going on here. While evidence certainly suggests that at least some of McSwiggan's story was totally made up, cops are statistically rather bad at dealing with LGBT-related crimes. This is maybe more complicated than it seems.