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.'


Audra Schroeder


Published Nov 9, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:08 pm CDT

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

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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. 

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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. 

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H/T Los Angeles Daily News 

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