Miley Cyrus has been “swatted” again.
The 20-year-old singer was the victim of a prankster’s fake 911 phone call that brought police to her doorstep Friday night, E! News reports. Police reportedly received a phone call at 8:55 p.m. Friday night from a woman who claimed to be hiding after shots were fired in her home.
“She had mixed emotions. She initially thought it was a joke, but then was happy that the response was as incredible as it was. God forbid something like that actually happened. She felt good that the response was quick, thorough and amazingly done,” a source told hollywoodlife.com. “If [Miley] was there, she would have been initially scared, but then would of thought she was being ‘Punk’d.’”
This wasn’t the first time the LAPD responded to a fake phone call at Cyrus’ home.
Back in August, the actress was “swatted,” when someone called 911 and reported a home invasion. The police sent a helicopter, set up a perimeter around her home with guns drawn, TMZ reports.
Since Cyrus’ first “swatting” experience, celebrity “swatting” has been rampant in Hollywood. Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Simon Cowell and the Kardashian family have all been victims.
The practice involves a prankster making a false emergency call to trick police to responding. If someone were to be killed or hurt during the prank, the caller could face felony charges.
In April, the LAPD announced they would no longer issue press releases of instances of celebrity “swatting,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The force says that the media coverage fuels copycat incidents.
"It's our belief that the perpetrators of these false police reports are motivated entirely by the publicity these calls receive," Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversees the LAPD Media Relations Section, said. "We intend to reduce or eliminate that motivation."