He might not see the funny side this time! Comedian Russell Brand becomes the latest celebrity victim of 'swatting'

He is known for his own hilarious antics on the stage and screen.

But Russell Brand might not be finding the funny side of a hoax pulled on the comedian on Monday.

The British star has now become the latest celebrity to fall victim to 'swatting'.
Will he see the funny side? Russell Brand has become the latest celebrity to fall victim to 'swatting' Will he see the funny side? Russell Brand has become the latest celebrity to fall victim to 'swatting'

LAPD received a call from an unidentified person on Monday, who reported that two men were approaching Brand's Hollywood Hills home with a gun, TMZ reported.


According to law enforcement sources who told the website, the pranskter informed police that the men were both sporting body armor when they entered the premises.

LAPD then rushed to Brand's home only to find nobody on the property..
Frantic call: LAPD received a call from an unidentified person on Monday, who reported that two men were approaching Brand's Hollywood Hills home with a gun, TMZ reportedFrantic call: LAPD received a call from an unidentified person on Monday, who reported that two men were approaching Brand's Hollywood Hills home with a gun, TMZ reported

TMZ reports that the actor had left his abode just 30 minutes before the call was placed.


Russell is the latest in a long line of celebrities who have fallen victim to 'swatting'.


Just last week, Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake fell victim to the hoax within two hours of one another on Friday.

Justin was the first to be targeted when an unidentified person called 911 claiming that four men were entering the singer's mansion and that two shots were heard being fired inside, according toTMZ.

Victims: Selena and Justin were also targeted last week

Victims: Selena and Justin were also targeted last week

Victims: Selena and Justin were also targeted last week


The caller also claimed that the men left a box in the home that had 'red blinking lights'.

Moments after the call, Justin's home was seen being swarmed by LAPD cop cars and surrounded.

Just two hours later an unidentified person then called 911 to report a fake crime at Selena's home.

According to TMZ, the caller informed the LAPD that her father had shot her mother dead with a gun.
Prank call: Justin was the first to be targeted when an unidentified person called 911 claiming that four men were entering the singer's mansion and that two shots were heard being fired insidePrank call: Justin was the first to be targeted when an unidentified person called 911 claiming that four men were entering the singer's mansion and that two shots were heard being fired inside

They also claimed that he was armed with 20 weapons and was threatening to burn the home down.

The two incidences came after Rihanna was swatted on the Thursday and rapper Diddy the day before.

More than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed the 43-year-old rapper's Los Angeles home last Wednesday after they received a hoax phone-call informing them that someone had been shot inside the property.
Surrounded: Moments after the call, Justin's home was seen being swarmed by LAPD cop cars Surrounded: Moments after the call, Justin's home was seen being swarmed by LAPD cop cars

Comedian and actor Steve Carell's home was also secured as it is located next door to Diddy's, whose real name is Sean Combs.

Upon searching the mansion, officers found no evidence of criminal activity or a shooter.

A law enforcement source said on Wednesday they are taking the incident very seriously and intend to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law once they are tracked down.

Meanwhile at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills home in January, a prank caller claimed an armed robbery was taking place but officers found no crime had been committed.
String of incidents: Diddy fell victim to 'swatting' on Wednesday also last week String of incidents: Diddy fell victim to 'swatting' on Wednesday also last week

Dramatic scene: More than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed the 43-year-old rapper's Los Angeles homeDramatic scene: More than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed the 43-year-old rapper's Los Angeles home

A 12-year-old child also previously targeted Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber's homes in a series of elaborate prank burglaries.

Other victims have included Miley Cyrus' family, Chris Brown and the Kardashian family, who were left furious after heavily armed officers showed up at their door in Calabasas, California, in January after a hoax caller claimed a shooter was in the house and they heard a gun being fired.

Kim tweeted at the time: 'Just got a call from my mom telling me about this prank call that someone was shot in their home and 15 swat team & 3 helicopters showed up! (Sic)

'These prank calls are NOT funny. People can get arrested for this! I hope they find out how is behind this. It's dangerous & not a joke! (sic)'

Trend: Rihanna was also targeted Trend: Rihanna was also targeted
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