The new big thing in Hollywood? People calling the police to celebrities’ houses saying there are people with guns, when there aren’t. It just scares the celebrities and takes up the cops time. This new extreme pranking fad is called Swatting and everyone is getting tired of it.
The term swatting began when a 12 year old was arrested for sending SWAT to Ashton Kutcher’s house where his staff was held at gun point by the police until they realized it was a hoax.
Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Russel Brand, P. Diddy, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton and Steve Carell have all been some of the 400 “swatting victims” according to ABC News. Celebrities might just get a phone call by the police saying someone is supposedly at their house or they may be suprised by the cops bursting in through the door. The police don’t think the misuse of time and man power is very funny, but they are always ready in case there really is danger. “We are responding with the mindset of possibly encountering a subject or suspects with a weapon or multiple weapons,” LAPD spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden said. Many are afraid that it isn’t just one person making these calls, but many copycats trying to get in on the action.
Diddy’s stepson is thankful that the police took the threats seriously when he was “Swatted” and is glad they would be ready if something was to ever happen. “Of course it’s scary because that’s my home, that’s where I lay my head my head at night. I understand that police can’t take it light … I’m glad everyone responded safely and no one got hurt,” he said to TMZ.