Justin Bieber is the latest victim of a prank trend that’s targeting celebrities in the LA area. It’s called “swatting”.
An emergency message went into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu-Lost Hills station from Justin’s home in Calabasas about a person with a weapon. The message was delivered through a special device that’s usually used by the deaf to type text over the telephone. In the case of celebrities, those calls lead to a tactical response, including heavily armed officers.
The deputies responded to Bieber’s home and called people on the property who told them they never called. Officers figured that it was a prank call.
Last week, police last got called to Ashton Kutcher’s home after a woman used the same system to report she was hiding in a closet because there was a man with a gun inside. But after interviewing workers at the home and contacting Kutcher himself, investigators figured it was a hoax.