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Kathy Griffin says she “crossed the line” after she appeared in a photoshoot holding a fake, bloody decapitated head of President Donald Trump. The comedian issued an apology Tuesday night after igniting a social media firestorm from conservatives and liberals alike.

“I sincerely apologize,” Griffin said in a video statement. “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.” The comedian added that she was removing the image and had asked photographer Tyler Shields to do the same. “I beg for your forgiveness,” she said. “I went too far, I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

In the now-deleted tweets, Griffin shared the disturbing video, writing, “I caption this ‘there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever,'” inspired by Trump’s infamous remark about former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump said after the first Republican presidential debate last year. Additionally, Griffin said she did not condone violence. “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”

Trump responded to the photo shoot on Twitter, calling it “sick.” Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” Trump tweeted. “My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

Squatty Potty has since dropped a commercial, in addition to other promotional materials, that features Griffin.”While we respect an individual’s right to express political views, we feel her choice to express those views violently was done in poor taste and does not reflect our company culture or brand identity,” Dan Deceuster, director of ecommerce, said in a statement. MGM Resorts also said that they have “no future shows” scheduled with the comedian.

Despite the backlash, the photographer has defended the controversial image. When asked in an interview with Entertainment Weekly whether the First Amendment and freedom of speech helped conceptualize the project, Shields said that they were very important things in his life. “If those things didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be able to make 90 percent of the work that I make,” he said. “Also, if this was a different time or a different country, I’d probably be killed right now for these photos.” He also said that Griffin had told him she wasn’t afraid to get political.

Despite calls for Griffin to be jailed, the Secret Service issued a statement, explaining, “We don’t have the luxury of knowing a person’s intent.” Furthermore, Griffin did not actually break the law given that the photo “did not directly threaten the president.”

The video has since been removed from Shield’s blog.

See how social media responded to Griffin’s anti-Trump photo shoot and apology below:

Social Media Reacts to Kathy Griffin’s Disturbing Anti-Trump Photo Shoot

What are your thoughts on Kathy Griffin’s anti-Trump photo shoot? Do you think she crossed the line? How do you feel about Trump’s response to it? Sound off in the comments section below!

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