Skip to main content

Russell Brand victim of 'swatting' prank

By CNN Staff
updated 1:24 PM EDT, Tue April 9, 2013
Comedian Russell Brand's Hollywood home is reportedly the latest target of celebrity "swatting," in which false 911 calls are made reporting incidents at celebrities' homes. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/showbiz/russell-brand-swatted/index.html?hpt=hp_c3'>Los Angeles police went to Brand's home</a> at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in response to a call about an armed man being at his residence, but determined it was a "fraudulent call." The officer who responded said she didn't know if Brand was home at the time. Comedian Russell Brand's Hollywood home is reportedly the latest target of celebrity "swatting," in which false 911 calls are made reporting incidents at celebrities' homes. Los Angeles police went to Brand's home at 3:35 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in response to a call about an armed man being at his residence, but determined it was a "fraudulent call." The officer who responded said she didn't know if Brand was home at the time.
HIDE CAPTION
Victims of celebrity 'swatting'
Rihanna
Chris Brown
Kim Kardashian
Tom Cruise
Charlie Sheen
Justin Bieber
Ashton Kutcher
Miley Cyrus
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • LAPD responds to false report of man with gun
  • It's not known whether Brand was home during incident
  • Brand is latest in string of celebrity 'swatting' victims

(CNN) -- Someone called police with a report of an armed man at actor Russell Brand's Hollywood home Monday, but it turned out to be a "fraudulent call," Los Angeles police told CNN.

There was no emergency, Officer Sara Faden said. She did not know whether Brand was home during the 3:35 p.m. incident.

"We sent a number of officers from our Hollywood division. The officers saw no crime or anyone with a need for medical attention," Detective Gus Villanueva said.

2012: New prank could be deadly

There have been several such "swatting" incidents targeting celebrity homes in Los Angeles in the past year. Other victims include Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber.

Brand, 38, starred in the movies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek" and was married for about two years to pop star Katy Perry.

CNN's Alan Duke, Tresha Lindo and Jim Kavanagh contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT