Kathy Griffin says that police got involved after she was flooded with death threats from Demi Lovato fans.
It all started when the comedian took part in a Twitter AMA last month. One participant asked her who was the "biggest douche" celebrity she ever met, to which she responded: "Probably Debbie Lovato Plus she should calm the f down bout Lady Gaga gettin barfed on [all sic]."
After calling the pop star by the wrong name and dissing her take on Gaga's controversial vomit performance (which she said glamorized eating disorders), Griffin was met with an onslaught of anger from hardcore Lovato fans, otherwise known as "Lovatics." Some said they would kill her; others told her to commit suicide.
On Tuesday, April 8, Griffin spoke with Howard Stern about the incident. She explained that she was conducting her Twitter AMA using Siri on her iPhone, which resulted in the misspellings. When Stern asked why she got a "douche-vibe" from Lovato, Griffin said she has seen the former Disney actress backstage a few times and once she got in the way of her selfie.
She also revealed the Lovatic threats set off a red flag for law enforcement.
"[The police] actually contacted me," the 53-year-old said, "because at that point it goes beyond just Twitter hate. It's actual, like, legit ... I have no problem with Demi Lovato -- or Debbie, as I like to call her, as Siri calls her -- but it doesn't mean she's out of the act if she does something crazy or wacky."
"There's no death threats coming from me ever," she added. "So, whatever I say about a celebrity, "douchey" is about as bad as it gets."
For her part, Lovato did tell her fans to "chill" with the hate messages and cyber-bullying.