Pharrell is the latest star targeted in celebrity ‘swatting’ prank… as phony shooting at his LA home gets called in to 911
Pharrell was targeted in the latest celebrity swatting prank.
A prankster reported to 911 personnel that someone had been accidentally been shot to death at the Los Angeles home belonging to the Happy singer, when nothing had actually occurred, authorities told TMZ Wednesday.
Police told the outlet that the crank caller said that the shooting victim claimed he’d been shot in the stomach, leading police to rush to the abode.
The latest: Pharrell, 46, was targeted in the latest celebrity swatting prank, as a prankster on Monday reported to 911 personnel that someone had been accidentally been shot to death at the LA home belonging to the Happy singer. He was snapped in LA last year
The Grammy winner, 46, wasn’t home at the time, but those who were were extremely confused by the presence of police at the scene.
After checking that no one had been shot, authorities began an investigation into the swatting incident.
Other stars whose homes have been the subject of similar false reports include fellow musical mainstays Lil’ Wayne, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Diddy and Justin Bieber, as well as stars such as Tom Cruise, Simon Cowell and Ashton Kutcher.
It’s been a challenging ending to 2019 for the Come Get It Bae artist, as earlier this month, the copyright lawsuit from Marvin Gaye’s family against him and Robin Thicke over their 2013 smash hit Blurred Lines was rehashed, with Gaye’s relatives saying Pharrell lied in court in 2015 proceedings in the case.
Elsewhere: The Grammy winner wasn’t home at the time of the incident. He was snapped earlier this month in NYC
Musical royalty: Pharrell and Kanye West were snapped in LA earlier this month
A court filing in from Gaye’s family in the case said Pharrell’s remarks in a November GQ interview with Rick Rubin contradicted his testimony, and as a result, he should be on the hook for the family’s legal bills on top of the $5.3 million they were awarded in damages.
In his deposition in the case, Pharrell said he ‘did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye’ or his 1977 classic, Got to Give It Up. But in the Rubin interview, Pharrell said that he tries to ‘reverse engineer’ certain songs ‘to figure out if we can build a building that doesn’t look the same but makes you feel the same way.
‘I did that in Blurred Lines and got myself in trouble,’ Pharrell said, adding, ‘I really made it feel so much like [Got To Give It Up] that people were like, “Oh, I hear the same thing.”‘
The Gaye family’s legal team said in court docs: ‘He admitted, either without understanding the consequences, or because he believes he is untouchable, that, contrary to his sworn deposition and trial testimony, he “reverse engineered” the Marvin Gaye song. Williams testified falsely on those specific topics, resulting in a fraud on this Court.’