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Gay man arrested for faking a homophobic attack after beating himself up

By Mason White 2:06 PM June 30, 2016
Calum McSwiggan 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A gay man from the United Kingdom, who is popular for his YouTube videos, lied to police about being attacked in the United States.

26-year-old Calum McSwiggan told his fans and followers on social networks that he had suffered a brutal beating from three homophobic attackers after leaving a nightclub.

He wrote on Instagram, that the attack that took place in Hollywood, California, resulted in three broken teeth and a gash on his forehead, which needed 6 stitches.

However, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said that McSwiggan caused the injuries to himself.

Police said that before filing the complaint of the attack, McSwiggan was arrested for vandalizing cars, and his mugshot, which police released, shows no visible injuries.

McSwiggan was taken to a hospital for treatment. There he took a selfie and uploaded it to the Internet, and told his fans about the attack.

Police said that McSwiggan was seen beating himself while he was in prison with the receiver of a payphone.

He has since been charged with filing a false police report.

McSwiggan, who has 62,000 subscribers on YouTube, insists that the attack was real.