'Outlander' Star Sam Heughan Says He's Faced Harassment, Death Threats and Stalking for 6 Years

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Sam Heughan took to Twitter to share a lengthy message about the "constant bullying, harassment, stalking and false narrative" he's endured over the last six years.

The 39-year-old Outlander star wrote that he was "at a loss, upset [and] hurt" by the bullying, adding that it's affecting his "life, mental state and is a daily concern."

As for the type of bullying he's speaking to, Heughan wrote that both himself and people he's associated with have "been subjected to personal slurs, shaming, abuse, death threats, stalking, sharing of private information and vile, false narrative."

While he hesitated to speak out because he "always hoped these bullies would just go away," Heughan decided to make his experience public, though he couldn't "elaborate for ongoing legal reasons." He did add, though, that the people doing the bullying are "professionals: teachers, psychologists, adults who should know better."

Heughan explained that some of the "false claims" he's faced as of late "vary from me manipulating fans, being a closeted homosexual, trying to mislead or exhort fans for money and disregarding [COVID-19] advice."

"I've done non [sic] of the above," he wrote. "I'm a normal guy and nothing like the characters I play." 

A lot of the recent criticism he's endured has to do with his decision to self-isolate in Hawaii amid the coronavirus pandemic. Heughan wrote that he arrived in the state prior to the travel ban when no one "knew how bad things would get." As the pandemic worsened, Heughan "decided to remain in a safe environment" after advice from "everyone I trust."

"It was a good decision. I'm safe, isolated, putting no one at risk and am not a burden to the locals," he wrote. "Several telling me they are desperate to sell their produce (as hotels and restaurants are now closed.) We have not been asked to leave."