1 AUGUST 2014
Here's some good news: the young cosplayer found bloody on the side of the road and hospitalized was not assaulted, according to police.
The story is still ambiguous because only the girl knows the entire story - and while she's regained consciousness in the hospital, her memory is fuzzy. But the police are considering her injuries the result of a fall, thanks to security camera footage.
We know a little more about what happened and some of the details are heartbreaking: it was her 17th birthday and her first Comic-Con, and she wound up in the hospital with skull and eye socket fractures and brain hemorrhaging. The man arrested was charged with sexual contact with a minor and "contributing to the delinquency" of a minor - and he's denying both. That would be Justin Kalior who runs Project Cosplay on YouTube. Apparently the two came to Comic-Con together.
Police are saying there could be other suspects and would like to talk to anyone who saw the girl or Kalior around the Marriott between 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. If you have information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still a dismal story, but not quite as violent as was originally reported. It sounds like the girl has a long recovery ahead of her, so let's support her and her family in any way we can, including by honoring her privacy.
ETA: The Mary Sue has posted an update.