Suspicious packages containing the explosive devices have been sent to critics of Donald Trump this week
Robert De Niro is one of the latest high-profile people to be targeted as a spate of mailed pipe bombs continues in the US.
A suspicious package reportedly arrived at De Niro’s offices in TriBeCa, New York, earlier today (October 25). After police removed it from the building X-rays were taken, which showed a device that was similar to those that had been found in the other packages.
In a statement a spokesperson from the star’s production company, TriBeCa Productions, said: “A suspicious package was received. We called the police. They took it out and went through all safety procedures. It was addressed to Robert De Niro and is similar packaging to the others. It is an open investigation. Everyone is safe and the building is open.”
De Niro has spoken out against Trump several times since he began his campaign to become President of the United States. In a video message in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, the star called the former Apprentice host “a punk”, “a bozo”, “a con”, “a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, “a bullshit artist”, and “an embarrassment to this country”, amongst other things.
After Trump was elected, De Niro compared his emotions to what he felt like after 9/11. In June, he launched another stinging attack on Trump at the Tony Awards.
In response to the spate of pipe bombs, Trump criticised the media. “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” he tweeted.
“It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”