Update (Thursday, April 5): The swatters strike again! A new celeb has become the latest victim of the swatting trend: Rihanna.
An LAPD spokesperson has confirmed to omg! that police were indeed called to Rihanna's residence at 3 p.m. where they found no injuries nor any evidence of a problem and declared the call a hoax. The spokesperson would not confirm whether or not the 25-year-old wsinger as at home at the time.
According to one report, the group responsible for hacking a growing list of celebrities that now includes Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Tyra Banks, Scarlett Johansson, and even (previously) First Lady Michelle Obama, and putting their credit reports and other financial documents online (hence, the term "doxxing") are now also claiming they recently "swatted" the homes of Paris Hilton and Diddy.
As of Thursday, the group's website included "Swatted" next to the names of Hilton and Diddy, along with a link to articles about the pranks.
But omg! spoke with the LAPD on Thursday, who told us that the investigation into the latest "swatting" incident (or, when someone calls 911 and falsely reports a crime) – at Diddy's house on Tuesday -- "is still ongoing at this time. Detectives have not confirmed anybody responsible."
As omg! has reported, a 12-year-old California boy admitted being guilty of "swatting" the home of Ashton Kutcher last October, telling police that people inside the actor's home had guns and explosives. The same child has also been charged for swatting Justin Bieber, although that charge is expected to be dropped. It doesn’t seem that there is any connection between the 12-year-old and the group behind the "doxxing."
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