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Calum McSwiggan pleads guilty to vandalism following 'homophobic attack' in LA

2016-11-09
Calum McSwiggan has been sentenced to three years supervised probation and 52 anger management sessions in the US after pleading guilty to a charge of vandalism following an incident in which he had claimed to be the victim of a hate crime, the BBC reports. The 26-year-old YouTube star vandalised a car owned by a man he had a fight with in West Hollywood on June 27. Shortly after, McSwiggan posted a photo from a hospital bed showing various injuries reportedly sustained in the attack, however police later claimed that those injuries had been self-inflicted after his initial arres, and charged him with filing a false police report. The charge of filing a false police report was dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. McSwiggan has been ordered to pay $7000 (£5,580) in compensation. He took to Twitter after the hearing to admit damaging the victim's car, and to maintain that the police report he originally filed regarding a homophobic attack was genuine.   https://twitter.com/CalumMcSwiggan/status/796091352434049025 https://twitter.com/CalumMcSwiggan/status/796091619355361280 "Five months ago I was accused of the crime of falsifying a police report after I was assaulted outside a nightclub - crime I didn't commit," he wrote. "After five months of investigation this charge has finally been dropped. I never lied and I'm grateful that the world can now see that. "After the assault I made the mistake of damaging the culprit's car. I regret this & have accepted the consequences and paid for the damages. He added: "Now I'm headed home to the UK to get on with my life. I'm so grateful to all of you for your continued support." More stories: Robbie Williams explains why he sued over tabloid gay rumours What will a Trump presidency mean for LGBT people?