*Update* Cosplayer found covered in blood at San Diego Comic-Con


Update (July 1, 2014): Polygon has an update from the Police saying that the cosplayer wasn’t assaulted. However, that isn’t affecting the charges and no more information will be released because the cosplayer is a minor.

The teenage cosplayer found injured and unconscious at a San Diego hotel during Comic-Con this week was not the victim of an assault, according to a San Diego Harbor Police investigation. Her injuries, police said in a statement today, were likely the result of a fall.

On Sunday, the young woman was found with “significant injuries” in the pool area of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel and was transported, still in her costume, to a local hospital for treatment. San Diego Police arrested 29-year-old photographer Justin Kalior in connection with the case, charging him with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Kalior told Polygon he was friends with the victim, and denied having sex with her or giving her any alcohol.

The girl, who turned 17 on Sunday, was treated for skull and eye-socket fractures and cerebral hemorrhaging, among other injuries. The circumstances surrounding her injuries drew attention from friends, the cosplaying community and San Diego Comic-Con attendees who rallied support to provide police and other officials with information about what was believed to be an assault.

A review of footage from surveillance cameras and information gathered from Comic-Con attendees concluded that the girl’s injuries were not the result of an assault, but likely that of a fall, police said.

“Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet,” a police statement reads.

The findings do not affect the charges against Kalior, police said, and because the case involves a minor, San Diego Police say they won’t release further information about the incident.

Update: Reports are saying that a man was arrested at the Marriott Marquis and Marina in connection with the story, according to ComicsBeat.

Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 am on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing.

Original Story

It’s sad that there are some troubling stories surrounding San Diego Comic-Con. Remember that one story about the Harry Potter fan stabbing another attendee? And this week’s Comic-Con we have two stories involving cosplayers. The first was Adrianne Curry beating up a creeper for sexually assaulting her friend and fitness model, Alicia Marie.

Now we have a story about a cosplayer who was found unconscious with blood around her on the side of the street. According to her friend, she was wearing the cosplay seen above and below. Police are still trying to find out information on what exactly happened. It could have been anything. Please read the message from her friend below and let the authorities know if you know anything about this:

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.
”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter Redacted aka Redacted was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at Redacted . Thank you in advance”. -Redacted

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