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New Yorkers are “Disgusted” With Kathy Griffin After Display of Trump Image

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Kathy Griffin, in a news conference last Friday, is fighting back against the abuse and “death threats” which she received over controversial images that depict the comedian holding up a bloody head resembling that of President Donald Trump, reports CNN.

“If you don’t stand up, you get run over,” said Griffin. “What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the U.S. … is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”

Griffin, 56, a two-time Emmy-winning performer and comedian who is known for her provocative sense of humor, said that the photos were intended to mock Trump’s comments about Fox News Anchor Megan Kelly during the presidential campaign, which implied Kelly was in a bad mood because she was menstruating, reports Reuters.

Lisa Bloom, Griffin’s attorney accused Trump and his family of  “using their power to target her”, and that Griffin has been contacted by the U.S. Secret Service, says CNN.

“As a result of the first family bullying her, she has been vilified, getting death threats, fired from multiple jobs and had multiple events canceled,” said Bloom.

According to CNN, Bloom is a victim’s rights attorney who has represented many high-profile clients, such as former Fox News contributor Wendy Walsh, who had accused the network’s former host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

“Kathy never imagined it could be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump. That was never what she intended,” Bloom said.

The photos, taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, were released on Tuesday and quickly received backlash from people on social media; Griffin later apologized for the “disturbing” photos in a video posted on Instagram, reports CNN.

“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far,” said Griffin in the apologetic video on Tuesday. “I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

Griffin has lost multiple sponsorships and jobs, including her gig as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve program with Journalist Anderson Cooper, as well having five of her stand-up shows canceled, reports Reuters.

I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest, (Trump) broke me,” said Griffin tearfully.

President Trump said the images of Griffin were “sick” in a tweet and that they have traumatized his family, especially his youngest son, 11-year-old Barron, reports Reuters. Other members of the Trump family, like his oldest son, Donald Jr., called for employers to drop the comedian, says Reuters.

By: Eloise Albaret

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