British YouTube star admits vandalism

A gay British YouTube star has pleaded guilty to vandalism in an incident in which he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime.

Calum McSwiggan was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 52 anger management sessions in the US.

He vandalised a car belonging to a man who he had a fight with in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, on 27 June.

The 26-year-old claimed that the man and his friends had beaten him up and broken his teeth outside a gay club.

Police said Calum McSwiggan was seen hitting himself with a prison payphone while in custody after being arrested.

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The Londoner, who talks about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on YouTube, pleaded guilty to a $400 (£318) vandalism charge, according to The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He’s also been ordered to pay $7,000 (£5,580) in compensation.

Officials said as part of a deal with prosecutors, a charge of filing a false police report was dropped.

The YouTuber has been tweeting about the court case.

After he was charged in June, Calum McSwiggan wrote on Facebook that he’d caused the injury that needed the stitches to his head but insisted he was attacked by three men.

“Just because there were no visible marks on my face does not mean I was not attacked,” he wrote.

“Being accused of being a liar and being called a disgrace to the LGBT+ community, a community I’ve dedicated my life to, is more painful than any hate crime could ever be.”

Before the attack, Calum McSwiggan shared photos of himself, fellow YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf, Melanie Murphy and Doug Armstrong online getting ready to go out.

Calum McSwiggan travelled to California in June for online video conference VidCon, an annual event celebrating video bloggers from across the world.

In January the YouTuber revealed that he made porn videos when he was younger to make ends meet.

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“It’s something I’ve hidden from family and friends until very recently, and something that I’ve kept hidden away from pretty much the whole world,” he said in a video to his fans.

“There’s no easy way to say this, but when I was a teenager, I did gay porn.”

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