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Jessica Simpson's Security Team Receives Boost Amid Book Tour Protests

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By Zachary Holt

Jessica Simpson has been going on tour to promote her new, candid memoir, Open Book, which delves into the singer's riddled past and struggles through substance and alcohol abuse, as well as, her rocky and tumultuous divorce with ex-husband, Nick Lachey.

And while Simpson has received much praise for sharing her stories and vulnerability, some people have made it a point to protest her tour events. The protests have nothing to do with the book, but more so, her designer clothing line and personal preference to wear real animal fur.

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Those In Attendance Will Have to Have Purchased a Ticket and Copy of Her Book to Enter

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During several of her tour stops, animal rights protestors have interrupted her speeches, leading Simpson to boost her security detail for another two venues, according to TMZ.

Simpson's team is so concerned with security and protesting that a source shared they will be checking guests for weapons and protest material before entering the venue. They also shared that people who wish to enter will also need to have purchased a ticket and a copy of Simpson's book. No exceptions will be made.

Simpson Harrassed by Animal Rights Activists at Barnes & Noble in NYC

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On February 4th, Simpson held a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in New York City when she was confronted by a group of protestors. The heckling became abusive and out of control, leading security to throw the people out of the venue, during which, Simpson went backstage.

Later that night, where Simpson was leaving the restaurant, Il Mulino, animal rights protestors once again caught up with her. According to TMZ, one person yelled at her, "What type of person would wear fur in 2020?"

Protestors Removed From Venue in Los Angeles During Interview

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Less than a week later on February 10th, protestors once again interrupted an event. Simpson was sitting down with Katherine Schwarzenegger for an interview when animal rights activists interrupted the session and subsequently had to be removed.

Simpson responded to the act by sharing that she agrees with their sentiments, but not how they're going about conveying the message. "God bless you guys! It's beautiful that you stand up for what you believe, but not through hatred," Simpson said after the security intervention.

Woman From Audience Condemns Simpson During Interview

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Later on, during the same event, a woman stood up in the audience and shouted at the singer, "Please stop wearing animals, please stop wearing fur. There are so many other choices. Please stop wearing fur, Jessica. Animals are electrocuted."

The conversation was promptly paused while the woman was escorted out of the venue. "Well, these are the types of moments where you know, when you're trying to speak about helping other people get through their own problems and their life, and when you talk about God, that is when darkness tries to seep in," Simpson said after.

With protestors abounding on Simpson's decision to wear animal fur, it's unknown how effective her bolstered security team will be at preventing interruptions.

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