Popular Gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan Brutally Beaten Outside The Abbey In West Hollywood

Dan Tracer

UPDATE: Calum’s claims have been seriously contested by the West Hollywood Police. Read all about those surprising details here.

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LGBTQ and lifestyle YouTuber Calum McSwiggan recently shared a photo of himself from the hospital, describing the events leading up to it the “worst night of my life.” Over the weekend, McSwiggan attended VidCon, a conference in Anaheim that brings together online video creators, fans, and members of the industry. Afterwards, he drove up to Los Angeles to celebrate in West Hollywood. Late in the night, McSwiggan was separated from his friends, and just outside the Abbey, he was targeted by three men who brutally beat him.

He detailed the horrible episode on Instagram:

With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye. All I can do is thank my wonderful friends @riyadhk, @melaniiemurphyand @douga_ for being with me the whole way. I’d be lost without them. Right now I don’t feel that I’m in the right place to talk about this but I will be addressing this fully in the future.

On Twitter, a friend of McSwiggan’s and another Youtuber Riyadh Khalaf added that the attack could have been premeditated, since it doesn’t take a hacker to figure out where popular YouTubers are at any given moment:

Here’s how McSwiggan shared the news with friends and fans:

Last night was the worst night of my life and I’m really struggling to find the words to talk about it. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye. All I can do is thank my wonderful friends @riyadhk, @melaniiemurphy and @douga_ for being with me the whole way. I’d be lost without them. Right now I don’t feel that I’m in the right place to talk about this but I will be addressing this fully in the future.

A photo posted by LGBT+ Lifestyle YouTuber ?? (@calummcswiggan) on

McSwiggan’s Youtube channel consists of humorous, candid, and LGBTQ content and vlogs like “The Gay Agenda,” his reaction to the Orlando shooting, and “The Lies Depression Tells You.”

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