Police say a man who claimed he suffered horrific injuries in a homophobic attack in Preston city centre was not assaulted.
CCTV revealed that UCLan student Richard Scott Kennedy, from Blackpool, fell face first after a night out.
He had claimed he suffered verbal abuse after leaving the bar and his only recollection was waking up in the street, covered in blood with a battered face. He was found by friends and taken to hospital.
A Facebook posting of his injuries received hundreds of thousands of hits around the world.
Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill said: “We managed to recover some CCTV footage which shows the injured party falling face-first onto the pavement.
“We have showed him the CCTV and he now accepts his injuries were caused during the fall.
“Having had oversight of the investigation since its inception and taking into account the full circumstances, I accept his report was made in good faith.
“The investigation into this matter is indicative of the lengths we will go to when investigating reports of violent crime in the city.
“We believe assaults, and hate crime assaults in particular, are under-reported in the city for many reasons.