British YouTube star told to appear before US court over assault claim 'lies'


A British YouTube personality accused of lying to police over claims he was assaulted in West Hollywood has been ordered to appear before a US court in September.

Calum McSwiggan, from London, is charged with filing a false police report after he said he was attacked by three men near The Abbey gay club in the early hours of June 27.

The 26-year-old, who has more than 63,000 subscribers on YouTube, posted a photo on Instagram of him in a hospital bed, telling his followers he suffered three broken teeth and required six stitches to his head.

Calum McSwiggan was charged with filing a false police report
British YouTube personality Calum McSwiggan was charged with filing a false police report after he claimed he was assaulted near a gay club in West Hollywood (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dep / Press Association Images)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said officers investigated but were "unable to substantiate the assault".

Calum was taken to hospital after he began "injuring himself" with a police station payphone following his arrest for vandalising a car, a spokesman for the sheriff's department said.

He did not appear at the Los Angeles International Airport Courthouse on Tuesday, where commissioner Jane Godfrey said he must return to California to attend a hearing on September 26.

A court spokeswoman confirmed the case was listed for a pre-trial hearing on that date. Calum has previously pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After he was charged last month, Calum wrote on Facebook that he had caused the injury that required the stitches to his head but insisted he was attacked by three men.

The blogger, who is known to his followers on YouTube for discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, had travelled to California for the online video conference VidCon.