Actress Sophia Bush is fighting back against a Twitter user who has been harassing the actress and her fans on social media “for the past few months.”
On Tuesday, Bush posted a screenshot to Twitter and Instagram of the hateful and violent tweets by someone who has been impersonating the “Chicago P.D.” actress under the username @SophhiaBush — which has just one more “h” than Bush’s actual, verified account.
The imposter has been tweeting at Bush’s fans, making them think it is the actress tweeting at them. After Bush blocked the user, they just created a”close to 20″ new accounts with a similar username.
Bush retaliated by outing the user, posting the below note fighting back against the bully below:
For the past few months I have been harassed to the point of sheer horror by an online stalker. This person has taken to harassing and bullying many of my followers as well. And tonight I finally said f*ck this sh*t. This is what I posted to twitter. The photograph is a tiny sampling of over 500 screenshots I’ve taken in the last three months. And I’m sharing it here to make something very clear. This kind of behaviour does. Not. Fly. You do not have permission to hide. Not anymore: This has gotten beyond out of hand. Obsessive. Violent. And legally punishable.
To any of you who’ve been targeted by @SophhiaBush, I’m so sorry. I’m sure he/she will be blocked again soon, only to create another account. We’re close to 20 now. And law enforcement says “we’re on it,” and “don’t acknowledge this person,” but when this person, this vitriolic perverse monster is targeting all of you? Threatening rape, gang rape, & throat slitting to name a few? Impersonating me and breaking some of your hearts? Telling people they should kill themselves, and detailing how? Nope. No silence. As the evidence of staking and harassment mounts, so does my anger. Because this is grotesque.
And on the other side, my sadness mounts as well. What happened to you, you poor lost soul, that this is how you find pleasure? That you need to attempt to destroy little bits of other people to build yourself up, bit by bit? Who in your life hurt you? Who made you need to act out like this? Because my god I feel so sorry for you.
But my sorrow in the face of your pain is no match for my anger at the pain you are causing others. You do not have the right to spread poison because you have felt poisoned. It’s a small minded and ugly path to take. Choosing to inflict pain doesn’t make you strong or powerful. It only proves your weakness and self-loathing. All the time you’re taking to verbally harass us, threaten physical assault, and terrorize strangers? Please start spending it in therapy and learn to love yourself. You deserve it. And because none of us deserve one more moment of your bullying bullsh*t. #gethelp #bullyingisugly #violenceisntfunny #thereisabetterway
The fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive on the Instagram post, which currently has nearly 47,000 “likes”:
Bush also tweeted an image of the tweets she collected from the imposter/stalker:
Not surprisingly, she got hundreds of positive replies:
After tons of Bush’s fans reported the Twitter user, it appears their account has been shut down. This is what you see now if you click on @SophhiaBush: