Bomb Scare At Fousey's Greek Theatre Concert Was The Third Evacuation In A Week At Griffith Park
By Elizabeth Muñoz with Mike Roe
More than 1,500 people were evacuated from a show at the Greek Theatre on Sunday because of a bomb threat — it was the third time in a week there's been an evacuation at Griffith Park. The first was last Tuesday because of a brush fire, and on Saturday there was a different bomb scare at Griffith Observatory due to a suspicious package..
Police say the incidents aren't believed to be connected.
Sunday's sold-out-show-that-never-was featured YouTube star Fousey (non-YouTube real name Yousef Saleh Erakat). The concert venue was evacuated before even half of 6,000 ticket holders made it inside. Someone claiming to be in the crowd called in a threat of a pipe bomb.
But the YouTube star who made his name with prank videos may have been pranked himself. According to the LAPD, early indications are that this may have been an example of swatting, Deadline reports.
"Swatting" is when someone calls in a fake threat to law enforcement to try to cause them to deploy to an event, a house, etc. Celebrities are often the victims, and it notably led to a Kansas man being killed last year.
Fousey put out an Instagram video about not being able to get into his own "Hate Dies, Love Arrives" show Sunday night: