Nothing’s going to top “Black” Jack Randall’s abuse of Jamie Fraser on Outlander, but Jamie’s portrayer, Sam Heughan, is suffering his own kind of hell, courtesy of a group of overzealous individuals.
Sam Heughan Speaks Out
The actor shared on Twitter that he’s had enough of people who are prying into his personal life and giving him a hard time over how he’s handling being quarantined during the coronavirus crisis.
“After the past 6 years of constant bullying, harassment, stalking and false narrative I am at a loss, upset, hurt and have to speak out,” Heughan posted. “It’s affecting my life, mental state and is a daily concern. My costars, friends, family, myself, in fact anyone I’m associated with, has been subjected to personal slurs, shaming, abuse, death threats, stalking, sharing of private information and vile, false narrative.
“I’ve never spoken about it because I believe in humanity and have always hoped these bullies would just go away. I can’t elaborate for legal reasons but they are professionals: teachers, psychologists, adults who should know better.”
Heughan says scrutiny intensified after he traveled to Hawaii (on a pre-arranged trip) and then opted to stay there in light of the coronavirus crisis. “[U]pon the advice of everyone I trust, I decided to remain in a safe environment,” he says. “It was a good decision. I’m safe, isolated, putting no one at risk and am not a burden to the locals.”
The actor added that flying back to the United Kingdom would involve taking numerous flights, which he feels would pose a risk to both others and himself. He’s done explaining himself to the haters. “I will not entertain it anymore and am blocking anyone that writes anything defamatory or abusive. I’m so hurt by this.”
Heughan wants his fans, who respect boundaries, to know that he appreciates them. “I’m so grateful, from the bottom of my heart. Stay safe and please be kind to yourself and each other. There’s so much more to concern ourselves with right now. See you around.xx.” Outlander airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.
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— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) April 17, 2020