Swatting is a disrespectful prank that involves falsely reporting a crime to direct SWAT teams to a content creator's house during a live stream. Despite the obvious dangers, it remains a highly popular practice in the streaming and other online spaces. The latest victim was a renowned voice actor.
Ned Luke, who portrays Michael de Santa in Grand Theft Auto V, is a highly active and beloved personality within the Rockstar Games video game community. He regularly streams on his YouTube channel to interact with his followers.
Unfortunately, the American actor's most recent stream came to an abrupt end due to a tasteless prank.
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Ned Luke, Grand Theft Auto V actor, falls victim to swatting
The voice actor behind Michael de Santa conducted a live stream during Thanksgiving Day. On this occasion, he played GTA Online while chatting with his followers. Everything was proceeding normally until an incident brought the fun to an immediate halt.
While reviewing the leaderboards of the multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto V, Ned Luke received a phone call. Immediately after answering, his expression changed, and he informed his followers that he was a victim of swatting at his home, prompting him to end the stream at that moment.
I can't believe some kids on the internet actually called the cops and swatted Ned Luke (Michael from GTA V). He's just started streaming and I swear he's the sweetest actor ever, this is just disturbing and the government should take action against this behavior pic.twitter.com/oU3Y72nHM0— NikTek (@NikTekOfficial) November 23, 2023
Although he refrained from discussing the matter, the GTA V star took to his social media to share an emoji of a person shrugging. Thus, it seems he is okay, and the incident did not escalate. Meanwhile, the community expressed regret over the incident and sent their best wishes.
"I can't believe some kids on the internet called the police to swat Ned Luke. He just streamed, and I swear he's the sweetest actor of all time. This is disturbing, and the government should take action against this behavior," commented one user. "They need to start tracking the calls of people who do this and hold them accountable," said another.
Undoubtedly, it's a shame that swatting still occurs regularly, as it is very dangerous and can have serious consequences. In 2017, Andrew Finch, a father of two, died as a result of a prank of this nature. After years of legal battles, the family achieved justice in early 2023.
But tell us, what do you think of the incident Ned Luke experienced? Let us hear from you in the comments.