CitySpeak: Celebrity Swatting - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine
 
 

CitySpeak: Celebrity Swatting

Defining this week’s media buzz-word or phrase

n. Celebrity Swatting
The action of falsely reporting a crime in order to lure police and other officials to the home of a celebrity; a costly hoax that can result in the unnecessary search of a celebrity’s residence.

In recent weeks, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Miley Cyrus, and Simon Cowell have all been victims of celebrity swatting. The LAPD has tied two of the incidents to a boy who was arrested Tuesday.

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