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Rihanna becomes latest swatting victim

2013-04-05 18:15
Los Angeles - Rihanna has become the latest celebrity victim of "swatting".

Police were called to the 25-year-old singer's Pacific Palisades home on Thursday after the Los Angeles Police Department received a call claiming two armed men were inside the house and someone had been shot, according to gossip website TMZ.

The incident at Rihanna's home comes just one day after more than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed Diddy's Los Angeles home after they received a hoax phone-call also informing them that someone had been shot inside the property.

Comedian and actor Steve Carell's home was also secured as it is located next door to Diddy's, whose real name is Sean Combs.

Upon searching the mansion, officers found no evidence of criminal activity or a shooter.

More 'swatting' victims

A law enforcement source said they are taking the incident very seriously and intend to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law once they are tracked down.

The rapper is the latest in a number of celebrities to fall victim to a 'swatting' prank, following a similar incident at Paris Hilton's home last week and Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills home in January when a prank caller claimed an armed robbery was taking place, but officers found no crime had been committed.

A 12-year-old child also previously targeted Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber's homes in a series of elaborate prank burglaries.

Other victims have included Miley Cyrus' family, Chris Brown and the Kardashian family, who were left furious after heavily armed officers showed up at their door in Calabasas, California, in January after a hoax caller claimed a shooter was in the house and they heard a gun being fired.


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