SNOOP Dogg today denied threatening CBS host Gayle King in a furious rant over the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The Super Crip and Gangsta Luv rapper, 48, insisted he is “non-violent” and did not mean her any harm.
Snoop Dogg insisted he was not threatening Gayle King in a new Instagram video Credit: Instagram
He has been accused of inciting violence in a vicious online monologue in which he called CBS host Gayle a “funky, dog-haired b***h”.
He hit out after the journalist mentioned Kobe’s 2003 rape case during an interview last week.
“Respect the family and back off – before we come get you,” Snoop Dogg says in the video.
Oprah Winfrey said Gayle had received death threats after his viral post, and the boss of CBS News called him “reprehensible”.
Today Snoop – said to have been a member of the feared Crips gang as a youth – took to Instagram again and insisted he is not looking for a fight.
He said in a new video: “I’m a non-violent person.
“When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family.
“What I look like wanting some harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that.
“I don’t want no harm to come to her and I didn’t threaten her.”
He said he can only “speak from the heart” and added: “Some of you who don’t have a heart wouldn’t understand that.”
Gangsta Luv rapper Snoop Dogg is said to have been a member of the feared Crips gang as a youth Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Snoop has been friends with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King Credit: Instagram
King blamed her network for taking the interview ‘out of context’ Credit: Instagram
Gayle, 65, has had a barrage of abuse for raising the past allegations against Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash last month.
Bill Cosby and OJ Simpson are among those who publicly attacked her.
Former national security adviser Susan Rice called the attacks “despicable” and told Snoop to “back the f** off.”
CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said: “We fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist.
“We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible.”
Today actress Rose McGowan told Snoop to “grow the f*** up” and stop attacking anyone who raises the Kobe allegations.
The #MeToo pioneer also called Kobe a “hero” for apologising to his accuser – although he did not admit rape.
She said on Twitter Snoop should “stop terrorizing” Gayle, and added: “Truth hurts. Death hurts. Grow the f*** up. Kobe stopped hurting women, so can you.”
Last month Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez got death threats for posting about the rape case.
Her newsroom colleagues were said to be up in arms after she was suspended by the newspaper before being swiftly reinstated.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood and Disney heiress Abigail Disney also sparked fury by calling Kobe a rapist.
Rose McGowan told Snoop to ‘grow the f*** up’Credit: Corbis – Getty
Snoop Dogg’s viral rant last week was accused of inciting violence against Gayle King Credit: YouTube
King broached the topic of Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case in an interview with Lisa Leslie
Oprah Winfrey revealed friend Gayle King has had death threats
Gayle King sits down with Lisa Leslie to discuss Kobe Bryant’s life, including 2003 sexual assault cause against him