Swatted: Why Police Stormed Rihanna’s House
Barbadian beauty Rihanna is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a swatting prank.
On Thursday night, police received a call that there were two armed men inside the singer’s Pacific Palisades home, and that someone had been shot during a home invasion.
HipHollywood spoke with the Los Angeles Police Department who told us the caller used Rihanna’s legal name (Robyn Fenty) while placing the call, claiming Ri was hiding in the closet while all the commotion was happening. What the police didn’t realize, and apparently the swatters, is that Rihanna is currently on her North American tour and was nowhere near Los Angeles at the time.
After arriving on scene, police learned that they had been duped.
Wednesday afternoon, police also swarmed the Diddy’s Sherman Oaks home after someone called claiming a person had been shot inside the rapper’s estate. That too was a prank orchestrated by a group of hackers.