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Bogus Call Sends Police to Playboy Mansion

HOLMBY HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — Police responded to a reported assault at the Playboy Mansion on Thursday, but found no evidence of any crime.

mansion-picLAPD Cmdr. Any Smith confirmed that officers were called to the famous property on Charring Cross Road.

KTLA’s Sky5 was overhead around 6:30 a.m. and spotted multiple police units as well as officers walking around the premises.

Smith said that officers were unable to find any evidence that an assault had taken place.

The Los Angeles Fire Department also said it did not transport anyone from the location.

A spokesperson for Playboy said that someone made a prank call to police.

According to TMZ though, police do not believe the incident is the latest example of so-called celebrity “swatting.”

The term “swatting” refers to the practice of making a prank 911 call to elicit a SWAT team response at the homes of celebrities.

However, in this case, only two squad cars responded to the home and authorities say the caller may have actually believed an assault took place.

Targets of swatting pranks have included Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise and Chris Brown.

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the incident at Kutcher’s home, which happened last October.

Police briefly held some workers there at gunpoint before reaching Kutcher and concluding it was a hoax.

Authorities say the phony calls tie up resources and unnecessarily put officers as well as citizens in potentially dangerous situations.

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