Celebrity photographer Tyler Shields‘ new project is finally seeing the light of day after backlash over the infamous photo he took of Kathy Griffin holding a severed dummy-head of President Trump sparked an alleged Secret Service investigation and forced him into hiding.
Sources close to Shields tell The Blast at the time the Trump photo was released in May 2017, he was working on a documentary for YouTube Red called “Tyler Shields Provocateur.“
We’re told some of the responses were so negative and so volatile that Shields received multiple death threats and did not leave his house for three weeks. He was also worried about being taken in by authorities for questioning over the pictorial.
Shields’ worst nightmare came to fruition, we’re told, after a unmarked black vehicle was parked outside of his home for “weeks.” We’re told the photog eventually approached the vehicle and was informed they were agents with the Secret Service.
During his self-inflicted lockdown, Shields also shelved his documentary and all other scheduled work on the project including photoshoots, interviews and editing. They even had to replace the editor after he took another job during the delay.
In the end, Shields did not get in any trouble, nor was he hauled in for questioning. He eventually resumed his normal life and was able to finish the documentary. For her part, Kathy Griffin is back in the public now, also.
“Tyler Shields Provocateur” premieres Thursday on Youtube Red.
The Blast reached out to the Secret Service for comment.