‘Ghostbusters’ star Leslie Jones returns to Twitter following racist abuse from online trolls

Actress says 'who else is gonna live tweet Game Of Thrones?'

The actress and comedian Leslie Jones has returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus following a barrage of racist abuse from users of the social media platform.

Earlier this week, Jones wrote of the abuse she had started receiving since the release of her new film, an all-female reboot of the ‘80s classic Ghostbusters, in cinemas now.

In one of the most high profile cases of online abuse in the platform’s history, Jones stated that the abuse was so bad she may leave Twitter all together.

However, today Jones returned to Twitter because “who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!”

She thanked her fans for the support they’d sent her way since the outpouring earlier in the week, using the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ, started by Ghostbusters director Paul Fieg.

Jones’s return to Twitter was timed with her appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. She told the host that the trolling debacle was like eating in her “favourite restaurant” but, “three people just got shot in front of me. Y’all need to get some security.”

She insisted, “I did not leave Twitter. I just signed out, because I wanted to deal with what was going on.”

Of the four leads in the new Ghostbusters movie, only Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones have active Twitter accounts. The film also stars Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.