Al Franken Nixes Kathy Griffin Event After Trump Photo

Kathy Griffin is being investigated by the Secret Service after her controversial photo shoot in which she posed with a likeness of Donald Trump's severed head, her lawyer has said.

Gov. Chris Christie, a friend of the president, called Griffin "disgusting" during an event at the Statehouse on Thursday and said no one should hire her to perform.

Griffin and her attorneys appeared at a free-wheeling news conference Friday morning in which Griffin cried and again apologized for the shoot.

She apologized for the photo shoot in a YouTube video later, acknowledging she "went too far".

"What's happening to me has never happened in this great country", Griffin said. "I will continue to make fun of him".

"He broke me", Griffin added while describing the "personal attacks". "I moved the line, then I crossed it". She described Trump as a "bully" and characterized the widespread condemnation as a "mob mentality pile-on".

"I'm not good at being appropriate", she said. She switched between contriteness to combativeness during the press conference, during which she attempted several nervous jokes that drew laughs mostly from her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

Griffin's hands shook and her voice occasionally became choked as she discussed the emotional impact of the last week. "The idea that this made people think of this tragedy - people that have been touched by this tragedy is horrifying and it's awful", she insisted. "If I could redo the whole thing I'd have a blowup doll and no ketchup".

He called Griffin's apology "phony".

Rather, she said, it was in part a response to comments Trump made during the 2016 campaign when he described then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly as having "blood coming out of here wherever". "There's a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me and I'm just here to say that it's wrong".

"For the first time in history that we are aware of, the President of the United States and his family are personally attempting to ruin a comedian".

"I don't know if I'm going to be arrested today".

Griffin said that she participated in the photo shoot because she wanted to make an "absurdist artsy statement" that was "over the top" to symbolize what she sees as America's demise under Trump.

Earlier this week, CNN said Griffin would no longer co-host its live New Year's Eve special from Times Square, a gig she'd had for more than a decade, and another show was canceled at a New Mexico casino.

Griffin's lawyer explained that the photo was created to make fun of Trump's comments he made about Megyn Kelly when he told CNN during his presidential campaign that she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever".

  • Salvatore Jensen