Russell Brand's the latest victim of shocking new Hollywood trend!

Imagine you’re a celebrity chilling at your Beverly Hills mansion.

What could ruin your day?

Well, a host of armed police and a bomb squad turning up on your driveway, that’s what.

Russell Brand, 37, became the fifth celeb in a week to fall victim to swatting, a new craze‘ where hoaxers report false emergencies to the police.

LA SWAT teams raced to help the rich and famous after hoaxers falsely claimed there were gunmen at the homes of Russell and Justin Timberlake, a murder at Selena Gomez‘s, a domestic violence incident at Rihanna‘s house and a shooting at P Diddy‘s home.

Police say it puts lives at risk and costs £6,000 a time.

Ironically, one of the first victims was former Punk’d host Ashton Kutcher in October.

#Karma?

Find out more celebrity gossip in Now magazine dated 22 April – out now!

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