Sherri Shepherd is no stranger to criticism or online bullying, but the “The View” co-host had enough of being attacked on June 6, when a Twitter user went way over the line and tweeted that Shepherd should be raped.
According to Gossip Cop, Shepherd received the violent tweet from a user named “DaCloneKiller,” who said, “somebody should drag u in a back alley and rape you.”
Shepherd, clearly appalled by the user’s threat, re-tweeted the message and added, “THIS IS A THREAT & I’M PISSED.”
“You think I should be raped in a back alley? Let’s see if the police agree w you & I took a pic of your tweet,” Shepherd replied, adding that she planned to press charges against the user.
“I am going 2 file a police report 4U threatening me,” Shepherd wrote. “And so help me God, when I find out where U live, charges will follow.”
Shepherd went on to lament about the problem of online bullying and how it typically goes unchecked and unpunished.
“This type of bullying is one of the reasons children are killing themselves b/c there’s no consequences for the bully(s),” she wrote.
Strangely enough, Shepherd’s response to her own bully, led to a mountain of both support and ridicule from fans. But the actress was unfazed by her detractors and promptly sought legal action against her online attacker.
“Just returned from filing a police report for this online harassment nonsense,” she tweeted a few hours later. “I will be pursuing this legally.”
A rep for Shepherd also spoke with Gossip Cop and confirmed that legal action is being taken.
“Local law enforcement is involved as well as corporate legal and security departments. This matter is being taken very seriously,” Shepherd wrote.
Clearly, this fan missed the memo on common decency, but unfortunately, this isn’t the first time fans have gone too far in attacking celebs. Check out some more outrageous online fan attacks below. – nicholas robinson