Calum McSwiggan, a popular gay YouTuber, revealed on social media that he was beaten up last night by three guys, in an apparently targeted attack, outside a gay club he was visiting in Los Angeles.
Calum, who lives in the U.K., is in Los Angeles these days for the VidCon convention (an online video conference), with several of his fellow YouTubers and friends.
Last night, he was visiting a gay club in LA, along with his friends, one of whom is Riyadh Khalaf, another popular gay YouTuber.
At some point, Calum was attacked by three guys, and was later hospitalized. He informed his fans on social media, and wrote:
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.
His friend, Riyadh, took to Twitter to describe the horrific events, claiming that the attackers knew exactly who to target, and knew where to find them due to their social media updates:
Be careful out there!
h/t: Gay Times