Haley ‘swatted’ at South Carolina home during wave of harassment

Authorities were called in to respond to a fake emergency at the South Carolina home of former governor and current presidential candidate Nikki Haley late last year.

An unknown party called Kiawah Island’s police department and claimed to have shot his girlfriend and threatened to hurt himself, explicitly identifying Haley’s address, according to a Dec. 30 email from the Kiawah Island of Public Safety that was reviewed by Reuters. This practice, known as “swatting,” is regularly used by pranksters and harassers to send police teams to public officials’ and celebrities’ houses. While the call was nearly a month ago, the details were only released on Saturday.

“[The call] was determined to be a hoax … Nikki Haley is not on the island and her son is with her,” the email concluded. The incident was
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