Kathy Griffin accuses Trump, family of bullying, says he should apologize


Flanked by lawyer and Trump-critic Lisa Bloom, Kathy Griffin has accused the president and his family of bullying her in the wake of the massive controversy sparked by a photo of her holding a fake severed head of President Donald Trump.

"The death threats are constant and detailed and serious and specific," Griffin told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

She reiterated her apology for the photo and admitted once again that the gory, bloody image crossed a line, but also called Trump's reaction and behavior "unpresidential" and accused him of sparking the backlash against her.

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"A sitting president of the United States and his grown children and the first lady are trying to ruin my life together," Griffin said.

"You shouldn't have to die for this," she added.

Her lawyer, Bloom, took an even harsher aim at the president, criticizing his policies and saying that he should apologize for being the most "woman-hating" and "tyrannical" president in modern history.

President Trump tweeted his criticism against Griffin on Wednesday and first lady Melania Trump issued a scathing statement in which she questioned Griffin's mental health.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that Barron Trump, the president's 11-year-old son, screamed out in horror when he saw the picture, assuming it to be real.

The president's eldest son, Donald Jr., has also fiercely criticized the comedian, calling her apology "phony" and saying it "would be a lot easier to believe if there wasn't a video of her mocking the response she knew was coming."

But Griffin has faced criticism on both sides of the aisle, with some Democrats saying she went too far.

Democratic Sen. Al Franken spoke out about the controversial photo, telling Politico on Thursday that "it would be best" for Griffin not to attend the July 7 event in California for his upcoming book "Giant of the Senate."

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton also criticized Griffin's judgment, saying the photo was "vile and wrong."

CNN officially fired Griffin from its New Year's Eve live broadcast on Wednesday. She was visibly upset when asked about hosting the annual event.

When asked by a reporter how she felt about the trauma Barron reportedly suffered when he saw the photo, Bloom questioned the veracity of the report and suggested the Trump family's account could not be trusted.