Justin Bieber has become the second high-profile victim of 'swatting' in a week, because some people need to get hobbies that don't include 'calling the police and reporting a major crime' and then 'snickering in the bushes when they turn up all guns a-blazing'.
Last week Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood Hills home was targeted by a swatting prank after a woman called police reporting she was trapped in the bathroom of the home after hearing shots being fired in the other room. Disclosure: she wasn't, there weren't any shots. Nevertheless the prank cost the city a reported $10,000 after a SWAT team was called out.
And apparently Justin Bieber's LA pad is the latest to be targeted.
As TMZ reports, the call came in late last night, with a hoaxer claiming someone was swinging a gun around near Justin's home – situated in a pretty exclusive area in LA, near to Kourtney Kardashian and a bunch of willowy basketballers.
Police turned up to the scene with cars, helicopters and all that police jazz, only to be met by some of Justin's bewildered bodyguards. They did a sweep of the home and two other properties nearby before leaving, satisfied it was a prank. Well, not satisfied. They were probably really mad.
A police source told the news outlet that the hoaxer had used some sort of app to carry out the prank, presumably a voice disguise thing or something similarly Deep Throat–y. Hey, hoaxers: if you have a phone that does apps then stop doing this Boy Who Cried Wolf deal and play some Angry Birds. Jeez.