Whoopi Goldberg Says ‘Fake News’ Story Put Her Life In Danger

Whoopi Goldberg has responded to a news story that she says not only made false claims about her, but also put her life in danger.

On March 1, a conservative website falsely reported that Goldberg had said during an episode of The View thatthe widow of fallen Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens,who received a standing ovation during President Donald Trumps first address to Congress, was merely seeking attention. Goldberg said no such thing.

On the Tuesday broadcast of The View, she set the record straight.

[The article] endangered my familys life and it endangered my life, the 61-year-old actress said. It turns out the entire website was created by a guy who just wanted to see how quickly stories he made up would spread.

Goldberg said the story made her and members of her family the target of harassment as other outlets picked up the bogus comments.

I know youre in Costa Rica, sir, but if I hadnt been made aware of this, I could have found out about this at the end of a barrel of a gun, Goldberg said.

So Im going to try and get some legislation going that says, If youre going to involve someone in fake news, you should have their permission. You shouldnt be able to just put stuff out there, she continued.Because clearly you dont care what could have happened to me, or to my family or the fact that theres a lot of people who said, Well, I know you said it.

The View host threatened to sue the American man she says posted the false story.

So again, it is a lie, all you have to do is check the website and see what actually went on on the show that day, she said. Sir, the fact that you dont give a crap that it endangered me is unconscionable and Im going to get my lawyer and Im coming for you.

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. James McDaniel, the creator of the site The Underground Report, which Goldberg was referring to in her statement, issued a response. In ablog postpublished Tuesday, McDaniel clarified that his site was intended as a satirical parody site. He stated that the site included a disclaimer that made it clear that my writings were entirely based in fiction and that everything I wrote was satire or fake news, though it appears he changed the disclaimerto reflect this since publishing the article about Goldberg. Read McDaniels full statementhere.

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