Kathy Griffin and lawyer to discuss Trump photo controversy

During her press conference with attorney Lisa Bloom on Friday morning, Griffin revealed that she was anxious for her career after igniting backlash over her photo shoot with a bloodied replica of President Donald Trump's head. She said she realized what the POTUS was trying to do when he brought up 11-year-old son Barron, who Trump alleged was traumatized by the bloody shot.

"Kathy Griffin's career was over long before she attempted to make a disgusting joke about decapitating the president", he said.

After TMZ reported on the photo shoot, Griffin came under attack from conservatives and liberals alike. CNN fired her from her New Year's Eve co-hosting gig with Anderson Cooper, which Griffin had appeared on since 2007.

The image is too disturbing, I understand how it offends people, it wasn't amusing, I get it.

A distraught Griffin said while her humour may not be palatable to everyone, she did not deserve the vicious online onslaught she has been facing.

Bloom, who praised Griffin for performing for USA troops in war zones, said Griffin has a flawless right to parody the president but Trump is seeking to have a chilling effect on what she can say.

"He's a bully", Griffin said of the president, adding she is not afraid of him. "I feel terrible. I did not think people would try to murder me or mobilize other people to murder me".

The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, has opened an inquiry into the photo of Griffin posing with the severed-head replica. She said it "makes you wonder about the mental state of the person who did it".

Said Griffin: "If you don't stand up, you get run over".

Griffin's attorney Bloom explained the motivation behind the controversial image, which was motivated by the President's comments about Megyn Kelly.

Bloom also reported that Griffin had been contacted by the Secret Service, though that is standard procedure in matters like this. I'm not going to threaten him.

Griffin also accused Mr Trump and his family of trying to ruin her life, revealing she had faced death threats from supporters of the President over the photo.

Vanessa Coleman

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