The Secret Service is investigating comedian Kathy Griffin over a photoof her holding what looks like a decapitated head of President Donald Trump, her lawyers disclosed on Friday, The New York Times reports.
“We’re going to fully cooperate with the Secret Service in their investigation”, said Griffin’s lawyer Dmitry Gorin.
“She basically exercised her First Amendment rights to tell a joke. 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”, Gorin said.
“I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me”, Griffin said tearfully, adding that she “would continue to mock Trump”, even amid alleged death threats and the loss of work that have resulted as a backlash to the photo.
“I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career”, Griffin added.
A Secret Service spokesman declined to comment on Friday.The agency routinely investigates comments that might be deemed threatening to a president. In 2012, Ted Nugent had to meet with the Secret Service after saying at a meeting of the National Rifle Association, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November,” referring to the Barack Obama administration.