‘Death threats were sent to my sons – disgusting’ Piers Morgan blasts abuse in Meghan row

Piers Morgan hits out at 'disgusting' death threats

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Piers Morgan has blasted the “online mob” for targeting his family. The former Good Morning Britain presenter said his sons had suffered death threats, while speaking to Extra’s Billy Bush.

The idea my sons had to be targeted by so-called liberals is completely disgusting

Piers Morgan

The 56-year-old was asked about sparking thousands of Ofcom complaints with his GMB remarks.

During two live broadcasts of the ITV show, the outspoken star said he didn’t believe what Meghan Markle had said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

This sparked a backlash from some viewers, and he later quit the programme, saying he had refused to apologise for what he said.

Piers has now given further insight into what happened, saying his loved ones had also felt the brunt of the row.

When asked how many people had agreed with him, the father-of-four focused on those who had come for those closest to him.

He stated: “All I can say is, there were 57,000 complaints against me, which was driven by an online mob.

“Who came for me all day, came for members of my family, who were abusing my sons all day long. Issuing death threats to them.”

Piers is dad to Spencer, 27, Stanley, 23, and Albert, 20, who he shares with his first wife Marion Shalloe.

The couple went their separate ways in 2008 after 17 years of marriage.

The journalist went on to marry Celia Walden in 2010, and the pair had daughter Elise, now nine.

During his candid chat on US TV, Piers was also asked if his spouse, 45, had complained about them being put in the “line of fire”.

He commented: “My wife’s always been completely supportive about this, but she hates the online abuse.

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“The idea my sons had to be targeted by so-called liberals in a way that was threatening to them, abusive, death threats and so on, is completely disgusting.”

This is not the first time the Morgans have faced threats of this nature.

Just a month earlier, police launched an investigation over sick social media death threats.

Piers was told in a comment on an Instagram post he shared of him and Spencer at Kensington’s Holland Park, that he was a “marked man”.

The latter was also tagged and told to “watch his back”, while further threats were made to Celia.

He brought the messages to the attention of his 7.7 million Twitter followers, writing: “Another day, another death threat,” before asking fans to help track down the person behind the account.

Towards the end of February, Piers’ home was fitted with a panic button.

Celia detailed the update in her Telegraph column: “It was only when I was told my phone number would be listed with a ‘rapid response’ unit specialising in death threats, and a security engineer came to install a panic button by our bed that would have the police there within four minutes, that a trembly feeling started up in my stomach.”

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