Things are heating up in a controversy that began when Rosie O’Donnell speculated as to whether Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron was autistic. Get the full timeline of the messy situation right here.
The controversy began on Nov. 21 when Rosie O’Donnell, 54, shared an “anti-bullying” video on Twitter that featured president-elect Donald Trump‘s son Barron, and questioned whether the 10-year-old was autistic based on the behaviors he displayed during his father’s campaign. “Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic,” Rosie tweeted, along with the video.
The actress was immediately attacked for speculating about Barron, with Twitter users believing what she said about the child was insensitive to the autistic community. Some users even accused her of using the video as a way of continuing her feud with Donald by attacking his son. Rosie responded to tweets throughout the rest of the week trying to explain that she meant no harm. She then took to her own website on Nov. 26, penning an emotional message about how her 3-year-old daughter has autism and that is why she shared the video.
“When I saw the anti bullying video that mentioned Barron it spoke to the symptoms many ASD kids have it was educational and informational,” Rosie wrote. “These symptoms so many do not understand– I thought – how amazing IF it is true. IF it is true – I tweeted from my heart. It would help so much with the autism epidemic.”
The controversy is still unfolding, as now Barron’s mother, Melania Trump, is threatening to sue the creators of the video. According to a legal document obtained by TMZ on Nov. 28, Barron is not autistic and Melania is furious that Rosie would share a video suggesting that he could be. “The video allegedly seeks to ‘stop the bullying’ of Barron Trump. Not true … The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others,” lawyer Charles J. Harder explained in the legal letter. Rosie herself is not being threatened with a lawsuit.
On Nov. 28 the creator of the video took it down from YouTube. “TMZ just contacted me to tell me Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over this video … I never ever meant this as a bullying video,” he said, according to TMZ.
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