Another ‘gay-bashing hate crime’ is a hoax; L.A. County charges hoaxer, a YouTube personality

Another ‘gay-bashing hate crime’ is a hoax; L.A. County charges hoaxer, a YouTube personality
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Calum McSwiggan)

[Ed. – When was the last one of these that was real?  Ben Bowles reported on this one when it first broke.  The DA is now confident it was a hoax.]

The LA County District Attorney’s office has filed a felony vandalism charge against an online personality they said filed a fake police report and told authorities he had been beaten and attacked by three men in West Hollywood last June.

Calum McSwiggan, who is known for his online posts and videos, has been charged with vandalism for suggesting the men also damaged a Lexus which they said he damaged. …

According to the felony complaint, McSwiggan damaged the car mirror and bumper of a vehicle on June 27. The defendant then is alleged to have falsely reported to police that he had been beaten by the vehicle’s driver and two other men, the DA said.

McSwiggan had several broken teeth in the “attack” and said three men gay bashed him outside the popular bar, The Abbey.  Officials said his wounds — he also needed stitches in his head — were self-inflicted. They said he used a pay phone inside the sheriff’s station to cause the damage to his face.

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