Screengrab via Calum McSwiggan/YouTube

YouTuber Calum McSwiggan pleads guilty to vandalism after hate crime allegation

'I never lied and I'm grateful that the world can now see that.'

Feb 28, 2020, 8:56 pm*



Audra Schroeder

British vlogger Calum McSwiggan has pleaded guilty to one felony count of vandalism. 

In June, the openly gay YouTube star claimed he was beaten by three men outside a West Hollywood bar in an apparent hate crime. He ended up in the hospital and posted a photo of his alleged injuries. 

After claims that he faked the attack started circulating, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement claiming McSwiggan was actually brought in for vandalizing a car, without injuries. But he doubled down on his story as he faced attacks on social media. 

On Monday, McSwiggan pleaded guilty to vandalizing a car. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, he faces three years felony probation and was ordered to attend anger management counseling and pay $7,000 in damages. The previous charge of filing a false police report was dropped. 

McSwiggan responded to the plea on Twitter. 

H/T Los Angeles Daily News 

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*First Published: Nov 9, 2016, 1:53 pm