Ryan Seacrest is the latest victim of the potentially dangerous swatting trend in Hollywood.
And so Ryan Seacrest is the latest victim of the 'swatting' craze. In case you're unaware with the prank, 'swatting' sees a member of the public make a hoax 911 call reporting an incident at the home of a famous celebrity. Usually, the 'emergency' is something to do with firearms, meaning SWAT teams are dispatched to the address. In recent months, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, the Kardashians, Tom Cruise and Ashton Kutcher have been those targeted by celebrities. Ok, so it's hilarious when it happens to Bieber, but is this joke really that funny anymore?
According to CNN, a police squadron arrived at Seacrest's home in Beverly Hills at about 2.40pm on Wednesday (April 10, 2013) after a report claimed armed men were shooting their way into the American Idol hosts home. Police found Seacrest at home, but no trouble.
Russell Brand's Hollywood Hills home was a target on Monday afternoon, when a 911 caller told the Los Angeles Police Department emergency dispatcher that a man with guns was in the house. Given the short space of time between incidents, the cases could be links. "It's a very high-risk response," said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, "The problem with crying wolf is that sometimes it's not false, so we always have to respond accordingly but cautiously."
Law enforcement agencies say they are "making advances each day" in tracking the calls to their origin. "We're getting better at knowing what is and what isn't a hoax," Whitmore added.
American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Was At Home When Police Arrived