Paris Hilton’s Los Angeles home was targeted in a prank ‘swatting’ incident on Saturday (23.03.13)
Police officers swarmed the former reality TV star’s Los Angeles home on Saturday (23.03.13) after they received an anonymous phone call at 5.22pm that someone was breaking into her home.
A law enforcement source told gossip website TMZ.com that unlike past swatting incidents, the caller did not mention anything about armed assailants but when police arrived at the property, they found no trace of anyone breaking in.
The 32-year-old star was at a music festival in Miami, Florida at the time of the incident, which police have decided was a prank.
The blonde beauty is the latest in a number of celebrities to fall victim to a ‘swatting’ prank, following a similar incident at Tom Cruise’s Beverly Hills home in January (01.17.13) 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 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.
Kim tweeted: “Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home and 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up! (Sic)
“These prank calls are NOT funny. People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out how is behind this. It’s dangerous & not a joke! (sic)”