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updated 8/16/2011 7:45:32 PM ET 2011-08-16T23:45:32

Los Angeles rapper The Game is facing legal trouble after hordes of his Twitter followers called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A Tweet posted Friday (Aug. 12) from The Game's @thegame account instructed his 589,164 followers to call a certain phone number for the chance to become the rapper's intern.

That number belonged to the Compton branch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Within seconds of the post, the department was inundated with so many calls that officers were unable to respond to emergency calls for the next three days, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Tweet was deleted, but The Game could still face criminal charges.

The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, says someone else was responsible for the Tweet. He told celebrity site TMZ he was in the middle of a photo shoot when a friend, who goes by the Twitter handle @wackstar, took his phone and sent the message.

An Aug. 12 post reads from The Game reads, "@wackstar hacked my Twitter earlier … Arrest him police … He is to blame."

Shortly after, The Game typed, "@wackstar you betta sleep wit jeans on tonite homie … Sheriffs come knockin' don't be in ya pajamas."

True to form for any confrontational rapper, especially one from Los Angeles, The Game, while denying he played any part, took the opportunity to lash out at Los Angeles law officers, writing, "Yall can track a tweet down but can't solve murders! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job!!!"

The Game is the latest in a string of celebrities, including Ashton Kutcher, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga, who've had to handle the aftermath of having their Twitter accounts hijacked.

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