More than a month after the backlash surrounding her infamous “decapitated Trump head” photo and video, Secret Service agents reportedly questioned comedian Kathy Griffin for over an hour.
Journalist Yashar Ali, a contributor to various media outlets including New York Magazine and the Huffington Post, reported Monday on his Twitter account that Griffin was subjected to a lengthy in-person interview by agents tasked with the President’s protection. According to Ali, the investigation into the incident remains open.
Griffin’s team did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation as of Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the father of Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, offered his opinion of the news of Griffin’s questioning on Twitter Wednesday.
Secret Service interviewed Kathy Griffin for 1 hr; they needed more time, but that's all they could stomach; Agents in de-tox now.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 5, 2017
As previously reported on Crime Online, Griffin participated in a project directed by photographer Tyler Shields in which she held up a mannequin designed to appear as the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump. The president condemned the photo on Twitter on May 31, saying that the comedian “should be ashamed of herself” and that his children, including his 11-year-old son, were upset by the depiction.
Griffin apologized in a video originally posted on her Instagram account, in which she asked the public for forgiveness:
“I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”
The apology was not enough for Griffin to keep her job as co-host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve program, as the network fired her on May 31. Co-host Anderson Cooper weighed in on the controversy, saying he was “appalled by the photo shoot.”
Griffin also lost an endorsement deal with Squatty Potty, a toilet stool company featured on the ABC reality show Shark Tank.
Griffin told reporters at a June 2 news conference that although she still regretted the photo, she was not afraid of Donald Trump, calling him a “bully” and saying that he was “trying to ruin my life forever.” Griffin claimed she had received numerous death threats.
The New York Times previously reported that Griffin’s lawyers confirmed that the comedian was being investigated by the Secret Service and that she and her legal team were planning to “fully cooperate” with the probe. However, Griffin’s criminal defense attorney Dmitry Gorin questioned the validity of the “outrageous” investigation, saying during the news conference:
“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.”
Feature photo: Associated Press