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Simon Cowell latest victim of Hollywood crime hoax

/ 09:41 AM November 27, 2012

Television show judge, poducer Simon Cowell. AFP FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES – TV talent show guru Simon Cowell is the latest victim of a string of so-called “swatting” hoaxes in Los Angeles, in which police are called to celebrities’ homes by false reports of crimes.

Officers rushed to his home Sunday following a telephone report of “unknown trouble,” said Lincoln Hoshino of the Beverly Hills Police Department, adding that when they got there, Cowell was present but reported no disturbance.

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“The caller reported that someone within the house had been tied up with duct tape and needed assistance,” he said.

Other victims of the “swatting” wave – in which hoax callers report crimes in progress at stars’ homes, triggering the dispatch of officers including SWAT teams— have included Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

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The police spokesman added that Sunday’s incident was rather amateurish.

“The call was so ridiculously done it had no credibility with the dispatcher … The dispatcher immediately suspected it was a fake,” he said, although officers were sent to check out the report just in case.

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