Gayle King is facing death threats after asking WNBA star Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case, according to close friend Oprah Winfrey.

While appearing on Hoda & Jenna & Friends on Friday, Winfrey began to cry as she detailed the difficult situation King has found herself in as the backlash has intensified.

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Winfrey said King, who has previously spoken out about how a clip of the interview was shared out of context, “feels that she was put in a really terrible position.”

Winfrey emphasized that the problem comes when “the misogynist vitriol and the attacking” reaches the point “where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone.”

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