The gory image surfaced online and the 56-year-old comedienne was met with extreme criticism.
Warning: this article contains graphic content.
The snap was taken during a session with photographer Tyler Shields, who is known for his controversial pictures.
Before the photo shoot, Griffin and Shields joked that they may have to move to Mexico because of the outrage that would be caused by the grisly image.
"Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement?? Asking for a friend... @kathygriffin," Shields tweeted.
Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement??? Asking for a friend... @kathygriffin— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) May 27, 2017
Shields also tweeted a link to a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot. The clip was originally published on YouTube, however, the video has been removed.
In the video, Griffin says: "This is fake blood, just so you know. I won't give away what we're doing, but Tyler and I are not afraid to do the images that make noise. He also lights me to the point where I look about 15. First I'm an artist, but really it's good lighting."
Griffin then joked: "We're going to prison – federal prison. Call your dad, apologize."
She was reportedly interviewed by the Secret Service weeks after releasing the photo. "Kathy Griffin has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," tweeted New York Magazine reporter Yashar Ali on Monday, July 3.
Griffin addressed the federal investigation on Twitter Friday.
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Kathy Griffin's Federal Investigation Case
Griffin confirmed on Twitter that she is no longer under federal investigation following the release of the controversial photo.
"TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation," the comedian wrote on Friday, July 28. "The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally."
In her tweet, Griffin shared a screen grab from the Associated Press report that future explains the situation.
Griffin received immense backlash for the photo and was fired from CNN's New Year's Eve special as a repercussion.
"CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," the network tweeted, after calling the images "disgusting and offensive."
In addition to social media criticism, her fellow Hollywood stars added their two cents in on the controversy.prevnext
Roseanne Barr Slammed Griffin
two of my grandsons r Barron Trump's age. I would slap the fuck out of any bitch or any prick who upset them-trust me on that.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 31, 2017
The 63-year-old actress tweeted: "two of my grandsons r Barron Trump's age. I would slap the f*ck out of any b*tch or any pr*ck who upset them - trust me on that."
Shortly after her sharing her message about slapping Griffin, Barr was met by a swift response from her Twitter fans and followers. Many commenters echoed her sentiment saying that they have the same reaction if someone upset their grandchildren.
As for Barron Trump, the youngster reportedly believed that the gruesome image was real and that something horrible happened to his father. Barron was watching TV at home with his mother when the Kathy Griffin photo appeared on the screen. Barron reportedly panicked and screamed, "Mommy, Mommy!"
Trump confirmed via Twitter that his son was horrified over the incident.
The former Apprentice star tweeted: "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"
Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Alec Baldwin Offered Support
Griffin didn't receive all hate from the photo. Alec Baldwin offered support to the comedian in a series of tweets.
Warning: The following tweets feature graphic language.
1- Dear Kathy Griffin,
Kathy....baby...I've been there.— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) June 3, 2017
The whole Henry Hyde thing w Conan, where we bring out an oxygen mask at the end?
In 1998, Baldwin appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and, while discussing Bill Clinton's impeachment, got worked up and said he would go to politician Henry Hyde's house and stone him to death, and would then go to his house to kill his wife and children. The tirade ended with O'Brien intervening and putting an oxygen mask over his mouth in hopes of getting him to calm down.0comments
At the time, Baldwin came under fire for his threats, much like the criticism Griffin is currently facing.
2- a joke. That's what I thought. That's what we intended. No one walked out of the studio and said, "No! We're serious!"— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) June 3, 2017
3- but all your gutless, weasels in the GOP insisted that I actually threatened Hyde. They played the victim beautifully.— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) June 3, 2017
In addition to Baldwin being politically active, he combined his acting talents with his passionate dislike of Donald Trump beginning in October when he mimicked the former reality star for Saturday Night Live. He has continued to mock Trump in the months since, possibly not realizing that portraying the former Home Alone 2 star would lead to a regular gig following his election.
4- Kathy...fuck them. Fuck them all. No 1 believes u meant 2 threaten Trump. Trump is such a senile idiot, all he has is Twitter fights.— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) June 3, 2017
5- ignore him. Like the leaders of all the other countries in the world. Ignore him.— AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwin) June 3, 2017