Photographer Tyler Shields and comedian Kathy Griffin are under Secret Service investigation for a photograph of Griffin holding what appears to be the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump, TMZ has reported. The website quoted unnamed law enforcement sources.
Shields is known for his slick, provocative, and frequently degrading images of models and celebrities that generate a a lot of internet traffic.
Griffin has already experienced fall out for the stunt, but so far there has been little mention of Shields’s role.
CNN announced that it is terminating its agreement with Griffin to host the cable network’s annual New Year’s Eve special. Griffin has hosted with Anderson Cooper since 2007. Cooper condemned Griffin’s actions on Twitter yesterday: “I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” he said.
Meanwhile, one company has suspended its advertising campaign featuring Griffin. The CEO of Squatty Potty, makers of toilet stools, said Griffin’s video “runs contrary to the core values our company stands for,” Advertising Age reports.
Griffin has issued an apology. “I’m sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” she Tweeted, along with a video apology in which she said, “I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask for your forgiveness.” She added that she was asking Shields to “take down the image.”
With the image ricocheting all over the internet, Shields has his work cut out for him.
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