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Kathy Griffin: ‘I crossed the line with Trump beheading photo’

Comedienne Kathy Griffin has issued an apology after posting a photo of herself with President Donald Trump’s decapitated head online.
Griffin stirred controversy when she shared a video of the shoot staged by shock-photographer Tyler Shields on her Twitter account on Tuesday (30May17).
Although the 56-year-old initially defended the gory beheading snap, the star’s stance shifted a few hours later when she took to the micro-blogging site to issue a lengthy apology.
“Hey everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin,” she said in a video post. “I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I crossed the line. I move the line then I cross it. I went way too far.”
Griffin called the photo a mistake and asked fans for forgiveness.
“The image is too disturbing, I understand how it offends people,” she continued. “It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue. I ask for your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I’m going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
The graphic image caught the attention of the U.S. president’s son Donald Trump Jr. when it was initially published on Twitter and he called the photograph “disgusting” in an angry tweet.
After receiving significant backlash, Kathy defended herself, insisting she was “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief” – she subsequently deleted her defence tweet and the controversial decapitation photo.

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