COMEDIAN Kathy Griffin claims she has been “completely exonerated” following a US Secret Service investigation into her posing with a model of Donald Trump’s bloodied head.
Griffin, 56, said on Friday the inquiry into the stunt that caused broadcaster CNN to drop her was over.
“I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” she tweeted.
Griffin made the statement in response to a story by news agency the Associated Press which debunked a fictitious article about the comedian by a right-wing website.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28, 2017
She had quickly apologised and removed the image of her clutching what appeared to be the US president’s severed head, which was posted to the internet in May.
Mr Trump claimed the image traumatised his 11-year-old son Barron and politicians from across the spectrum roundly criticised her.
But Griffin claimed the Republican was using her as a “shiny object” to distract the world from investigations into his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.
“If you don’t stand up, you get run over,” Griffin said in a June press conference.
“What’s happening to me has never happened in this great country. A sitting president of the US … is personally trying to ruin my life forever,” she said.
“I’m not afraid of Trump … He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole career,” she added.
A spokesman for her lawyer Lisa Bloom declined to comment on her claim the investigation was over.
Originally published as Kathy Griffin’s Trump nightmare finally over