Chris Brown is the latest victim of celebrity swatting.
The Los Angeles Police Department was dispatched to the singer’s home after someone called 911 and reported a domestic incident involving a gun. The caller said a mother and father were fighting and that the father went into his room to get a gun. The caller hung up but didn’t mention that the house was Brown’s.
When police arrived at the home, there was no gunman or any kind of domestic dispute. They did not say whether Brown was home at the time. The LAPD has said that they are determined to find the prankster.
Pranksters have “swatted” several celebrities in recent months. On Sunday, we reported that the Kardashian family was swatted when someone called in a shooting at the home of Kris and Bruce Jenner. The house was cleared, and there was no sign of any kind of disturbance.
A couple of days before that, Tom Cruise was swatted when someone called in a robbery at his Beverly Hills home. Ashton Kutcher was also swatted in October when someone called police claiming to be hiding in a closet because there was an armed man in the house. Both incidents, as with the Kardashian and Brown call, were hoaxes.
Swatting isn’t exactly anything new. In 2008, the FBI wrote about swatting and said that the calls were dangerous to victims and first responders. The bureau also said that swatting puts the community in danger and that law enforcement officials are put at risk because unsuspecting residents may try to defend themselves.