(NEW YORK) — Robert De Niro has issued a statement a day after he became one of the targets of a mass mail-bomb campaign this week.
“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” the actor said. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”
The device addressed to De Niro was discovered early Thursday morning in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, at a building where his production company is based. New York police removed the device in a bomb-containment vehicle.
De Niro is among at least 12 prominent figures targeted with suspicious devices resembling bombs over the past few days. The targets – who all happened to be outspoken critics of the Trump administration – included Hillary Clinton, former president Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan at CNN, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former vice president Joe Biden.
De Niro was presumably targeted for the comments he made at this year’s Tony Awards. He told the audience, “I’m going to say one thing, F**k Trump. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump.’ It’s f***k Trump.”
A Department of Justice spokesperson has confirmed Friday that one person is in custody in relation to the suspected package bombs. They will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET.
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