June 27, 2022 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Gay British man vandalized car then faked his own gay bashing to cover it up, says DA

Calum McSwiggan in Los Angeles hospital bed
McSwiggan posted this photo to Facebook after bashing himself over the head with a payphone receiver, claiming he was gay bashed by three men who damaged a Lexus. He is now charged with being the vandal and for filing a fake police report.

BY STAFF |  LA County’s District Attorney has charged Calum McSwiggan with felony vandalism charges and falsely claiming he was beaten and attacked by three men in West Hollywood last June. 

In the fake police report, he claimed that damaged done to a Lexus occurred as  he was beaten by three men.

He has now been charged with vandalizing that vehicle and for claiming to have been beaten by gay bashers.

McSwiggan, who is British, is known for his online personality and videos.

Some news outlets have offensively referred to him as a gay activist.

The DA said original charges were dismissed Thursday to make way for a newly filed felony case.

On Monday, the 26-year-old McSwiggan maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of vandalism over $400 damage and a misdemeanor count for filing a false police report.

A preliminary hearing will be held Nov. 7 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

McSwiggan had claimed to have suffered several broken teeth in the “attack” outside the popular bar, The Abbey. 

Officials say his wounds were self-inflicted; he is thought to have used a pay phone inside the sheriff’s station to inflict damage to his own head.  

On Facebook, he posted a pathetic picture of himself taken from his hospital bed.

He faces a maximum sentence of up to three years and six months in county jail if convicted.

The case continues to be investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, West Hollywood Station.

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