WARNING: Some may find the full image, which is embedded below, to be disturbing.
Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin found herself in the middle of a social-media firestorm Tuesday when she posted a video of her holding a bloody, severed head resembling President Donald Trump’s.
TMZ first reported on the photo shoot, and photographer Tyler Shields posted a Tweet from TMZ and a behind-the-scenes YouTube video of the shoot with Griffin.
“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re going to go to prison – federal prison,” Griffin joked to Shields in the video.
Within hours, Griffin posted an apology video on Twitter, saying, “I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”
After her initial posts, backlash on social media was immediate, including from the daughter of Trump’s former rival.
Chelsea Clinton called the image “vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
Initially, Griffin defended the gory image on Twitter, calling Shields a “great photog/film maker” and saying she doesn’t condone “any violence by my fans or others to anyone.”
She said she captioned the image “there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever,” echoing Trump’s own comments he made about debate moderator and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.