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Police respond to Chris Brown's home in 'swatting' prank

Officers were called to the home of Chris Brown in a report that turned out to be false, the latest in a series of so-called swatting incidents targeting celebrity homes, police said Monday night.

Police were contacted shortly before 5 p.m. Monday and told of a domestic violence situation at the home. The caller told police he wasn't sure if his mother had been shot, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

But when officers arrived, members of Brown's staff were at the home but Brown was not, according to police. His parents arrived after police officers had arrived and searched the home.

The incident was the latest in a string of recent "swatting" incidents involving Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.  

The incidents, a fast-growing phenomenon, are started by anonymous mischief-makers who alert police to a bogus crime, prompting a tactical response — sometimes by SWAT officers — that involves a high-risk search for phantom assailants.

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the reports involving Bieber and Kutcher.


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-- Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx)

Photo: Chris Brown and Rihanna in December at a Lakers and Knicks game at Staples Center. Credit Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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