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Chris Brown Latest Celebrity “Swatting” Target

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Singer Chris Brown appears to be the latest target of the dangerous practice of celebrity “swatting.”

Police responded to his Hollywood Hills home around 5 p.m. Monday after they received a call about a domestic violence incident.

When they arrived, members of Brown’s staff were at the home, but the singer was not.

Police searched the home and found no evidence of any problems.

The incident is the latest in a string of “swatting” hoaxes involving celebrity homes.

The practice involves making false 911 calls that elicit a tactical police response, sometimes including SWAT teams.

Over the weekend, someone called 911 and falsely reported an emergency at a former Malibu residence of the Kardashians.

After finding the house empty, deputies contacted the family and went to their new home about 20 miles away in Hidden Hills.

Last week, Beverly Hills police responded to a call about an armed robbery at Tom Cruise’s house that turned out to be fake.

Other hoax calls have been made involving the homes of Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus.

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

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