More than a year ago, ABC television presenter and former ABC presenter and current host of the ABC show The Downtons, Julie Gardner, revealed to the world that the character of Downtont’s Countess Grantham had been replaced by the character from The Tudors.
Now, on Saturday, actress Lucy Lawless has revealed to Australian television that she has been the target of the same hate campaign.
Lawless is the first to publicly accuse Lawless of being a traitorous character, as the character has been replaced on the show with the character who appeared in The Tudor Code, the 18th century British drama that was based on the novel The Tale of Two Cities.
The Tudors was the only source material in which Granthams role was actually played by Lawless, so she had the freedom to play her own character, Lawless told the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday.
“I think people have a misconception of what I did when I was on The Tuders, and they don’t know that I did a lot of stuff,” Lawless said.
Lawless said the “terrible” campaign against her character had begun in late November.
In late November, Lawes mother sent her daughter a note that said “if you don’t say yes to this I will send you to prison for life”.
“My mom did not want me to tell her how to vote,” she said.
“She just wanted to be safe and make sure I did everything in her name.”
Lawless and her husband Chris were arrested in February and charged with “spreading false information” and “inciting hatred against law enforcement”, and were released on bail on July 25.
Lawless posted a photo of herself and her son, dressed in black clothing, at the Sydney courthouse on Facebook.
“She is an amazing person and I am so grateful to her for being the person who has helped make her and her family’s life so amazing,” Lawes said.
“I know that my actions and words have caused this terrible backlash and I hope that people who are angry at me can understand that I have no idea how I got here and that I am deeply sorry.”
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning, Lawess said she was “deeply sorry” for the backlash and was “totally in shock”.
“I am so very sorry that people are angry with me and that they are angry about my character on The Dampsons.
My life is being turned upside down and I know that the world needs to be a little more understanding of people,” she wrote.”
For the first time in my life, I am not the target.
I have been targeted for the first and only time in the world.
I want everyone to know that there are many people out there who love me and love our show, and I want to be able to live my life the way that I want.”
The backlash against Lawless came after she posted a photograph of herself dressed in a black robe, a wig, a red lipstick and a pink lipstick on Facebook earlier this month.
In the post, Lawies son said he was also “sickened” by the comments.
“You’re a disgrace,” Chris Lawless wrote.
The post prompted an online petition to rename the character “Lady Granthames”, and Lawless had the backing of several social media users.
On Monday, Lawys Facebook page received more than 10,000 comments, many of them calling her a traitor.
But it appears that many of those comments have been deleted, as Lawies page has since been taken down.
Last year, Lawy received a petition from the Queen to rename her character Lady Granthas, after the late Queen Elizabeth II, after she died.
In January, Laws daughter, actress Kate Beckinsale, also received a letter from the royal family.
On Monday morning, she posted the following on her page, saying she had received a “very bad email” that had caused her to be “deep in shock.”
“It is so sad and upsetting and scary that so many people have taken offense to my character,” she told reporters on the set of The Tudos.
“That I’m in this position to be publicly hated because of the character that I created.
I am very, very sorry for the reaction.”