Twitter, Celebrities and Suicide Threats

LOS ANGELES, California – Actress Demi Moore’s frequent postings on Twitter put her in the middle of a life-and-death drama Friday when a woman sent her an online message threatening suicide.

Moore, who was in southern France where her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, is filming a movie, quickly replied to the threat saying, “Hope you are joking.”

Twitter followers who saw the message tracked it to a San Jose, California, home, where police found a 48-year-old woman. The police took her into custody for a psychological evaluation, according to a police spokesman.

About two hours after the initial exchange, Moore posted this message — known as a “tweet” — on Twitter: “Thanks everyone for reaching out to the San Jose PD i am told they are aware and no need to call anymore. I do not know this woman.”

A San Jose police spokesman said a “concerned citizen” — not Moore or Kutcher — called his department at 4:37 a.m. to report seeing the threat on Twitter.

Police went to the residence that the caller provided and found the woman unharmed but in need of help, Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said.

“We determined she did meet the criteria for a 72-hour psychological evaluation, and she was taken to a hospital for that treatment,” Lopez said.


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3 thoughts on “Twitter, Celebrities and Suicide Threats

  • April 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Yes, pretty much everything happens on Twitter these days. Anything that can happen in 140 characters or less, that is.

  • April 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    This is a crazy story- who would of thought TWITTER would be used in this way and also having people actually follow through and rescue that women. Amazing. ..although probably not that fun for Mrs. Moore.

  • May 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Wow, suicide threatning. Nice to see Twitter in action 😛
    Surely,its a killer app.

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