US comedian, Kathy Griffin has apologised for a photo shoot in which she appeared holding a fake bloodied head that resembled US President Donald Trump.
The images were released by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields on Tuesday and immediately drew widespread criticism.
“I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far,” the comedian said in a video posted on Instagram. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”
Griffin, who is an outspoken critic of the US president, said she had asked Shields to take down the photo.
The gruesome image brought a storm of online criticism, including from Mr Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.
“Disgusting but not surprising,” he tweeted . “This is the left today. They consider this acceptable.”
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Mr Trump’s 2016 election rival Hillary, also condemned the image, calling it “vile and wrong”.
“It is never funny to joke about killing a president,” she tweeted.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also waded in, tweeting: “Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.”