By Erica Abbott
Reports that Kathy Griffin was shot and killed while trying to escape FBI custody amid fallout from her gory anti-Trump photo shoot are false. While images of the comedian holding a fake, bloody decapitated head of President Donald Trump certainly sparked backlash, Griffin was not taken into custody over it, nor was she killed. She is the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for publishing fake news and political satire. The article claimed that Griffin was shot and killed after running away from FBI agents at a rest stop. It purported:
The FBI took Kathy Griffin into custody without issue this morning in West Tisdale. Griffin, who is under suspicion of radicalizing American kids to join the jihadist movement, decided to do something incredibly stupid, however, when she tried to run from agents at a rest stop just outside of Delhomme.
Agent Judy Nishto, who was on scene to assure that Griffin’s rights as a female were being adhered to, ended up firing the shot that brought Griffin down. She told LLOD’s Skip Tetheluda:
“I was aiming lower at first to try to get her in the leg but when I kept missing in the dirt behind her I aimed a little higher and hit her in the back of the head. Her face c ame clean off. It’s her own fault, running away like that. There was a parking lot just down the way that looked pretty busy. Didn’t want her getting to there and disappearing.”
There is, of course, no truth to the report. Not only are the details completely outlandish but The Last Line of Defense clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously:
America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that uses the imagination of liberals to expose the extreme bigotry and hate and subsequent blind gullibility that festers in right-wing nutjobs. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
Griffin apologized earlier this week for the controversial photo shoot, which drew strong condemnation from conservatives and liberals alike. The disturbing images featured Griffin holding a fake severed head of the president. Trump responded to the photos, writing on Twitter, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Kathy Griffin Beheads Donald Trump in Shocking Photo Shoot (PHOTO) https://t.co/UM9GHRrFf5
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 30, 2017
Since the images went viral, Griffin has been dropped from Squatty Potty’s ad campaign, fired from CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast and dropped from future shows at MGM Resorts. Griffin has since enlisted a lawyer to respond to “bullying from the Trump family” and explain the “true Go to the full article.
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