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Alarmed that pranksters have called 911 to report false emergencies at the homes of celebrities, including Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise, a state lawmaker on Wednesday proposed legislation to get tougher with those engaged in "swatting."
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked for the bill by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), which provides for longer sentences and greater restitution when people are convicted of making false reports to the police involving anyone, including celebrities.
“The recent spate of phony reports to law enforcement officials that the home of an actor or singer is being robbed or held hostage is dangerous and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a tragic accident,” Lieu said. The most recent incident happened Monday when someone called police with a false report about domestic violence and a possible shooting at the Hollywood Hills home of singer Chris Brown, who was not home at the time.
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