Kathy Griffin is claiming First Amendment protections for advocating the beheading of President Trump. I suppose she’s never heard that yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater is not protected. Neither is advocating that someone be murdered.
COMEDIAN Kathy Griffin has been questioned by the US Secret Service over a prank in which she held what looked like a severed head of Donald Trump.
According to US media reports the interview went for more than an hour and the investigation remains open.
Griffin’s lawyer Dmitry Gorin defended his client saying she was simply exercising her constitutional rights.
“She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke,” he said.
“When you look at everything in the media, all the times entertainers make videos or express themselves in other ways, you’ve never seen an entertainer, let alone a comedian, be subject to a criminal investigation.”
Photos appeared in May of Griffin holding up what looked like the bloodied and decapitated head of US President Trump as a ‘joke’.
Griffin posed for the disturbing shots taken by well-known photographer Tyler Shields.
During the photo shoot Griffin was said to have joked she would have to move to Mexico once they were released.
Since the photos were released, Griffin has been sacked from CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast she has been a part of for more than a decade.
She has also had all her tour decades cancelled.
The 56-year-old held a rambling press conference following the controversy of the pictures.
Griffin, apologised for the bad joke, says she was a victim of bullying at the hands of the Trump family.
“If you don’t stand up, you get run over,” Griffin said.
“What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country.
“A sitting president of the US … is personally trying to ruin my life forever.”
“I’m not afraid of Trump.
“He’s a bully.
“I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career.”
“He wants to mess with me?
“He picked the wrong redhead!”
‘The president and his grown children and the first lady are personally trying to ruin my life forever.
“I am going to make fun of him more now. I am not going to threaten him, I have no desire to harm him.”