US comedian Kathy Griffin 'exonerated' after Secret Service probe into Donald Trump severed head debacle

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Comedian Kathy Griffin has said she is no longer facing a US Secret Service investigation after she posed with a mask of Donald Trump’s severed head.

Ms Griffin, 56, said on Friday that the investigation is over and she was “completely exonerated” after the stunt that prompted broadcaster CNN to drop her.

“I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” she tweeted.

The news comes two months after her lawyer revealed that the comedian was facing the probe.

Ms Griffin made the statement in response to a story by news agency the Associated Press that debunked a fake-news article spreading the untrue claim the comedian was arrested last month.

Ms Griffin quickly apologised for the image of her clutching what appeared to be the US president’s severed head back in May, when it was posted online.

Mr Trump claimed the image traumatised his 11-year-old son Barron and politicians from across the spectrum roundly criticised her.

But Ms 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.

A spokesman for her lawyer Lisa Bloom declined to comment on her claim the investigation was over.

Reporting by Press Association

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