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Cops Respond to Phony Assault Call at Playboy Mansion in Possible Swatting Prank

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The Playboy Mansion. October 16, 2004 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Police Department were called out to the famed Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills early this morning in response to an assault call that was ultimately deemed phony.

Officers showed up at the well-known residence of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his den of bunnies at about 6:15 a.m., but after an investigation deemed that no crime had taken place at the property, according to City News Service.

The LAPD say they say they may have another "swatting" prank on their hands.

Swatting is the term for hoax calls of serious crimes at the homes of famous people; the level of response to the alleged crimes is often high enough to include the deployment of SWAT personnel.

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One suspected "swatter" is a minor boy who is awaiting prosecution currently. He is connected to an incident at the home of Ashton Kutcher, as well as a hoax at a L.A. bank.