Actor Clint Eastwood victimized in apparent 'swatting' hoax

Playboy Mansion may have also been victimized

LOS ANGELES - Police Friday said officers were sent to actor Clint Eastwood's house in Bel Air earlier this week in an apparent "swatting" hoax.

It happened about 11 a.m. Monday, when officers from the West Los Angeles Station went to the actor's residence on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French said.

Officers determined that there was no crime, and have classified the case as "911 abuse," French said.

On Thursday about 6:15 a.m., police were sent to the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in response to a call falsely reporting an assault at the location, and are investigating the case as another possible "swatting" hoax, LAPD spokesman Officer Cleon Joseph said. There was no evidence that a crime had occurred there, police said.

Swatting hoaxes -- so described because they occasionally generate a SWAT team response -- involve prank calls to police reporting a crime in progress at a particular location. Swatting calls in recent months have sent officers to the homes of celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

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