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A SWAT team was called to Ashton Kutcher’s Hollywood home in October 2012, but it turned out to be a false alarm. A 12-year-old reportedly admitted in court Monday to the hoax.
Ashton Kutcher got punked — by a 12-year-old.
An unidentified tween prankster has admitted to sending a hoax 911 message that sent a SWAT team to the actor’s Hollywood Hills home on Oct. 3, authorities said Monday.
The same juvenile has also been charged with a similar stunt involving pop star Justin Bieber, whose Calabasas, Calif., digs was visited by a SWAT team that same month.
The boy admitted in juvenile court Monday to making a false bomb threat and computer intrusion related to “swatting,” and will be sentenced at a later date. He was first charged in February.
The “swatting” phenomenon involves calling authorities with a false report of a threat or violent crime — prompting a SWAT team response to the scene.
Ashton Kutcher was the victim of a 'swatting' last October, when the LAPD arrived at his Hollywood Hills home in a faked shooting and hostage report.
Hoaxsters have been targeting several celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Miley Cyrus and Tom Cruise.
In Kutcher’s case, the LAPD received a report through a TTY device, which the deaf often use to send texts via a telephone.
The faked message claimed that there was a shooting at the “Two and a Half Men” star’s home and a woman was being held hostage. But when police arrived, Kutcher’s assistants said nothing was wrong.
A week later, cops received a similar hoax report of a shooting at Bieber’s residence. The “Baby” singer was on tour at the time.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber's Calabasas, Calif., home received a visit from a SWAT team last October over a report of shots fired. They determined it was a hoax.
While authorities added a misdemeanor charge Monday against the 12-year-old for the Bieber incident, it’s likely to be dismissed.
A judge could decide to have the boy, who is reportedly from Riverside County, serve time at a group facility or his own home, TMZ.com said.
With News Wire Services