Kathy Griffin defends, then apologizes for photo with bloody replica of Trump’s severed head

WARNING: Some may find the full image, which is embedded below, to be disturbing.

LOS ANGELES – Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin placed herself in the middle of a social-media firestorm Tuesday with a picture of her holding a 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.

“Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin said.

Hours later, Griffin posted another video apologizing for the stunt.

“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong.”

Backlash on social media was immediate.

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.”

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