Simon Cowell is latest celeb victim of a fake 911 distress call

Simon Cowell was the victim of a false 911 call early Sunday afternoon, Beverly Hills police said Monday. 

The caller told authorities that "The X Factor" judge was tied up with duct tape, according to L.A. Now. A first address given was outside city limits, but then the caller said it was "Simon Cowell's house," which is in Beverly Hills. 

Unlike in previous "swatting" incidents in which authorities were summoned falsely to celeb spreads -- including those of Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber -- Cowell was home at the time, TMZ said.

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Simon Cowell was the victim of a false 911 call early Sunday afternoon, Beverly Hills police said Monday. The caller told authorities that "The X Factor" judge was tied up with duct tape, according to L.A. Now. A first address given was outside city limits, but then the caller said it was "Simon Cowell's house," which is in Beverly Hills. Unlike in previous "swatting" incidents in which authorities were summoned falsely to celeb spreads -- including those of Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber -- Cowell was home at the time, TMZ said.

Full story: Simon Cowell is latest celeb victim of a fake 911 distress call | Celebrity 'swatting' problem may be tough to swat

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