A television reporter who lost her job after berating a cop outside a Philadelphia comedy club says she’s now receiving thousands of threatening phone calls and messages — including some that were “deeply disturbing sexual and violent.”
Colleen Campbell, 28, said she’s “ashamed and embarrassed” by the viral video showing her expletive-filled tirade outside Helium last Sunday. She lost her job at PHL 17 after they got wind of the clip — which had been viewed on Facebook more than 3 million times by Wednesday morning — but now she says she’s the one being targeted.
“From the time the video was made public, Ms. Campbell has been the recipient of thousands of lewd and threatening phone calls, texts, messages, and emails ranging from angry, profane, and defamatory insults to deeply disturbing sexual and violent threats,” read a statement to The Post from a Campbell family spokesman, attorney Wayne Pollock. “Ms. Campbell and her family are still sorting out the events of that night. Their highest priority is the health and well-being of Ms. Campbell.”
Campbell is now trying to reach the Philadelphia Police Department officer in the video to offer a personal apology, Pollock said.
Campbell launched into a verbal attack on the officer — who showed remarkable restraint during the ordeal — after he asked the woman and her friend to just walk away.
“Or what? Or what, motherf–ker? Lick my a–hole,” Campbell says in the video. “How about that? F–king piece of s–t. That’s why nobody likes f–king police … idiots in this f–king town.”
Campbell also can be seen attempting to spit in the face of a club employee, prompting the cop to arrest her on charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
“My recollection of my time at Helium and the incident are hazy,” Campbell said in a statement. “I know my limits when it comes to drinking and I know to stay out of the limelight. My actions on that video are not the result of a handful of drinks spaced out over a couple of hours. I believe I may have been unknowingly drugged at some point that night.”
Campbell said she didn’t receive medical testing while in custody because she was advised that would delay the process and her release.
Meanwhile, the recent graduate of Temple University is now facing additional charges for allegedly assaulting the cop seen in the cringe-worthy clip. Police told Philadelphia Magazine that Campbell repeatedly kicked the unidentified cop and kicked the doors and windows of a police cruiser after she was put inside.
Campbell is also facing charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, hindering apprehension and failure to disperse, two of which are third-degree felonies, Philadelphia Magazine reports.
Campbell initially claimed to have had only one drink prior to the incident, but later admitted to having a total of five — including two shots an hour before the show and some while bartending earlier in the evening. In addition to losing her job at PHL 17, Campbell lost that job at Devil’s Den in South Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Magazine.