Miley Cyrus - Police called to Simon Cowell's home26 November 2012
Police were called to Simon Cowell's Los Angeles home yesterday after a prank caller claimed he was being held hostage
Police called to Simon Cowell's home
Police were called to Simon Cowell's home after a prank hostage situation was reported.
Los Angeles police were called to 'The X Factor' USA judge's Beverly Hills estate yesterday (25.11.12) after receiving an emergency call from an unidentified source claiming he was duct taped and being held hostage.
A source told gossip website TMZ.com that the female caller claimed the 53-year-old music mogul was bound and gagged in the bathroom of his sprawling mansion.
Officers believe the call was a prank after they responded in force but found no evidence of a crime.
Simon is said to have been home during the incident and assured police he was fine.
The incident is the latest in a string of celebrity swattings this year - a deliberate attempt to trick an emergency service into dispatching a response team.
Hoax burglaries were reported at both Justin and Ashton's home last month, which reportedly cost the taxpayers of Los Angeles more than £6,000 ($10,000) each in wasted police manpower and other resources.
Officers were called to Miley's home in August after a caller claimed her home had been broken in to but when they arrived at the scene, they discovered it was empty.