Kathy Griffin, in the midst of controversy after the comedian posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head, said Thursday that President Trump was bullying her the wake of the incident.
“I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully,” said Griffin, who said she feels “horrible” about the image, and reiterated her earlier apology.
But, she said, a sitting president and his grown children and family are “trying to ruin my life forever.”
“What would it look like if his own insults were turned on him,” said her attorney Lisa Bloom, whose Woodland Hills office was packed on Friday.
Bloom called it a “beatdown” on Griffin.
She has never threatened violence against anyone, Bloom said.
“Her life’s work has been to make people laugh.”
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Bloom outlined several instances of male artists, who have depicted authority figures without apology, and noted a instances of Trump’s own words, which said incited violence.
Earlier this week, CNN said Griffin would no longer co-host its live New Year’s Eve special from Times Square, a gig she’d had for more than a decade, and another show was canceled at a New Mexico casino. An endorsement deal with Squatty Potty also ended.
Though Griffin, 56, apologized within hours of the images appearing online Tuesday, they were met with swift and widespread condemnation.
Trump later tweeted that Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for posting the images.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called Griffin “disgusting” and said the photo was “completely outrageous.”
Meanwhile, backlash against Kathy Griffin continues to grow with at least four theaters announcing Thursday that they had canceled her performances after the comedian posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.
Venues in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania canceled November shows. The Community Arts Theater in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, posted on its website that the show had been dropped “due to the recent controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin and the concern for the safety and security of our patrons and staff….”
The comic has faced controversies before for her abrasive humor, but none as widespread as the one generated by Tuesday’s images.
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