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Kardashians may be victims of 'swatting,' sheriff says

January 19, 2013 | 10:49 am

Authorities on Saturday said they were investigating whether the Kardashian family is the latest victim of a celebrity "swatting" incident, in which a crank caller alleges violence is occurring at a star's home.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a crank call Friday at the Malibu home where the Kardashian family lives.

There was no one home when deputies arrived, but they were able to eventually confirm that the family was fine and at different location, officials said.

Kardashian family members tweeted that numerous sheriff's patrol cars converged on the Malibu home.

The exact nature of the phone call to authorities was not revealed.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said authorities were trying to determine whether this was another "swatting" incident. Other celebrities have been victimized by such hoaxes, including Tom Cruise and Ashton Kutcher.


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