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Ashton Kutcher hoax: Celeb becomes latest victim of 'swatting'

8:15 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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Ashton Kutcher. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Why was Ashton Kutcher tweeting on Wednesday afternoon about being "safe an(d) sound" at the Two and a Half Men set?

Because a SWAT team had converged on his Lake Hollywood home. The actor was the latest target of "swatting" - a prank in which a distress call to police turns out to be a false alarm with a spoofed phone number. In August, Miley Cyrus was "swatted."

A woman contacted police and claimed to be hiding in a closet because there was an armed man inside the home. Officers found no woman hiding and no armed man in the home, reports the Los Angeles Times. Kutcher, as he shared, wasn't home when it happened.


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