The owner of a YouTube video suggesting Barron Trump may be autistic could be in a whole lot of trouble, having been threatened with a lawsuit by Melania Trump.
James Hunter posted the video to YouTube on November 11, with the bold statement, “Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron Trump might be autistic, and it’s time for people to stop bullying him for his “strange” behavior. Let’s follow Melania Trump and #StopTheBullying.”
UPDATE: 11/29/16 9:00 pm EST
Hunter finally removed the insulting video late Tuesday evening, and published the following apology video on Youtube:
The original video was viewed almost 4 million times. It got additional publicity when Rosie O’Donnell tweeted it out on November 22, saying, “Barron Trump Autistic? If so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.” O’Donnell’s entire Twitter account is now gone.
It has been confirmed that Barron Trump is NOT autistic, and Melania Trump is threatening Hunter with a lawsuit, and has demanded an apology for the video.
Hunter released a statement to GossipCop, claiming he just made the video to “bring awareness” to autism, because he felt social media was bullying Barron Trump. He said he will remove the video “if I actually see a real statement of her asking me to remove it.”
Monday he posted a comment on the video, saying, “TMZ just contacted me to tell me Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over this video and wants a public apology from me. I’m absolutely terrified right now, and I’m not sure if this is actually true or not.
And hour later he commented again, admitting, “I’ve been in contact with Melania Trump’s lawyer. This video will be deleted in 24 hours. I will publish a full retraction and apology to Melania and Barron Trump.”
TMZ had mocked Barron as well, publishing a video making fun of the fact that he was sleepy at his father’s 3:00am acceptance speech after the election.
Melania Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, sent the following statement to LawNewz:
“This law firm represents First Lady-elect Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump. A video was posted at YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not. The video includes the hashtag “StopTheBullying” but yet the video itself is bullying by making false statements and speculation about a 10-year old boy for the purpose of harassing him and his parents. The online bullying of children, including Barron Trump, should end now.”
Hunter’s statement to GossipCop:
“I’m honestly kinda scared right now. The only reason I made the video is because I saw how much social media was bullying Barron Trump, and I wanted it to stop. I’d be really sad if I’ve made the situation worse, but I never could’ve imagined that the video would get so much press.”
“I was just sending it privately to people who were bullying him to explain to them that Barron might be autistic, and that’s it isn’t okay to bully him for it, because I know what it’s like to be bullied for being autistic. But then Rosie O’Donnell shared it and it blew up.”
“I myself am on the spectrum, and I honestly just wanted to bring light to the autism epidemic. I have a lot of respect for Melania Trump. I believe she’s a very smart and I’ll think she’ll be a great First Lady.”
“I never ever meant to hurt her family or her son. If this is actually true, and if I actually see a real statement of her asking me to remove it, I will. I NEVER meant to hurt their family. I just with them the best.”
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