The Kardashians are the latest victims of a celebrity "swatting" hoax.
The Kardashians are the latest celebrities to be "swatted."
Police swarmed Bruce and Kris Jenner’s Calabasas, Calif., home on Friday afternoon after receiving a prank call about a shooting at the Kardashian mansion, CBS Los Angeles reported. The police had received a 911 call from an unidentified woman who gave them the address and said the suspects were still inside.
“It came out as a very serious call of possibly someone shot inside the home out here in the Hidden Hills area,” reported CBS2’s Stu Mundel. “The Malibu sheriff’s’ took this very very seriously as they do any call of that type of caliber and they came out here in force."
Police arrived in force to the Kardashian’s Hidden Hills house — with Bruce and Kris, along with their daughters, Kylie and Kendall, inside, according to TMZ. Several helicopters hovered over the home and at least 15 police with machine guns locked down the street.
The cops ordered Bruce, Kris, Kylie and Kendall out of the house while they searched, according to TMZ. The 911 caller supposedly said she was hiding in a closet.
When Kim found out that her family had been the victim of a swatting hoax, she took to Twitter to criticize the pranksters.
These prank calls are NOT funny! People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out who is behind this. Its dangerous & not a joke!
The Kardashians are the latest celebrities to be swatted, described by the Los Angeles Times as: "a fast-growing phenomenon masterminded by anonymous mischief-makers who alert police to a bogus crime situation, prompting a tactical response — sometimes by SWAT officers — that involves a high-risk search for phantom assailants."
Some worry that the prank could turn deadly. "Swatting is a very real problem for those in the public eye," Blair Berk, a criminal lawyer who has represented the likes of Mel Gibson, Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan, told the L.A. Times. "It is only a matter of time before someone dies because of this stupidity."
Other celebrities to be swatted include Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell, Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus and Ashton Kutcher.