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Facing pressure, Kathy Griffin says she will keep making fun of Trump

LOS ANGELES — Embattled comedian Kathy Griffin says she’s not afraid of Donald Trump and plans to keep making fun of him but maintained she’s sorry for a video depicting her holding a likeness of the president’s severed, bloody head.

At a rambling news conference Friday, Griffin tearfully predicted her career is over and said Trump “broke me.” Since the video was posted Tuesday, she has lost her job co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special and had five comedy shows canceled.

Griffin, 56, repeated her claim that the video was a parody, meant as a pointed comeback to Trump’s remark that former Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of wherever.”

Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said the comedian has a First Amendment right to make fun of the president.

“Whether or not you get, or like, her artistic expression, in America, Kathy has the right to parody the president,” Bloom said. “She never imagined it would be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump.”

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