The “swatting” tally has just gone up by two as reports claim Spring Breakers star Selena Gomez and mega pop star Justin Timberlake have been targeted in the Hollywood hoax.
According to reports, the swatting attacks took place just hours in-between one another Friday (April 5).
7:10 PM PDT Law enforcement sources tell us Selena and her mom were home when officers arrived. They were both unaware of the 911 call, and had no idea why police were swarming the house. Selena Gomez has just been swatted … TMZ has learned. It’s the second time in 2 hours a celeb has been targeted. We broke the story … Justin Timberlake was a swatting victim earlier this afternoon. Law enforcement sources tell us … the swatter called 911 and told the dispatcher … her dad killed her mom with a gun that was among a cache of 20 weapons. The swatter then said the dad was going to burn the house down. The LAPD is struggling to bust the ring that has wreaked havoc on the city for weeks. (TMZ)
A day prior, R&B star Rihanna fell victim to the swatting craze.
Rihanna has become the latest target of a celebrity “swatting” prank. Police were sent to the singer’s home in the 900 block of Rivas Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades around 3 p.m. after a caller claimed two armed men were in the residence and someone had been shot. Authorities determined the call was bogus. Rihanna was not home at the time of the phony emergency call. (CBS Local)
Earlier in the week, celebrity hackers took credit for being behind multiple pranks.
The hackers who’ve exposed the financial secrets of dozens of celebs are now taking credit for the recent string of high-profile swatting pranks in Hollywood … including the one that just hit Diddy’s house. The hackers updated their website today, taking credit for the Diddy prank as well as the prank targeting Paris Hilton last month. Sources close to the hacker investigation tell us, the hackers are also privately taking credit for every swatting prank that took place since authorities closed in on the original alleged swatting mastermind (a 12-year-old boy from California). In addition to Diddy and Paris, we’re told the hackers are bragging about swatting Kim Kardashian, Tom Cruise, Chris Brown … and even the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (TMZ)
Other high-profile celebrities have also been pranked in recent months, including Hollywood mogul Tom Cruise.
It’s the latest so-called “swatting” prank targeting celebrities. The practice is intended to get multiple officers, including specialized SWAT teams sent to a home. Last week, Beverly Hills police responded to a fake armed robbery call at Tom Cruise’s house. Other hoax calls have been made involving the homes of Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus. (ABC News)