Erin Moriarty and Megyn Kelly
“The Boys” star Erin Moriarty has left Instagram after she was subjected to “verbal abuse” that she said was directed at her following television personality Megyn Kelly's comments about Moriarty's appearance.
On a recent episode of “The Megyn Kelly Show,” a SiriusXM show that also streams on YouTube, Kelly showed photos of Moriarty during a conversation about society's obsession with cosmetic procedures.
In a lengthy statement on her Instagram page, Moriarty, known for her role as superhero Starlight in the Prime Video series “The Boys,” said the comments Kelly made about her were “horrible accusations” and called the segment as “misinformed” and “inaccurate”. ”
Moriarty said she would be taking “an extended, if not permanent, break” from social media.
“I saw the comments that were scathing enough to just turn off my comments. But this becomes harassment,” she wrote.
In the post, Kelly, who said she hasn't seen “The Boys,” said the actress “decided to completely change her face” and highlighted two photos of Moriarty.
“Apparently it’s real. She did this to herself,” Kelly said on the Jan. 17 episode of her show.
In her statement, Moriarty said that Kelly used a photo taken “over a decade ago” and that the second photo was taken at an event where she had her makeup professionally applied with “major contouring.” have.
“I remember leaving feeling pretty,” she wrote. “I came running [the makeup artists] and I emerged from what had happened that day in tears and feeling better simply because I felt like they had alleviated my lack of sleep and used their magic wands.”
CNN asked a representative for Kelly whether the former Fox News journalist had asked Moriarty for comment before referring to her on the show and whether Kelly stood by her comments. The representative did not respond.
“There is no excuse for these terrible allegations, the verbal abuse I had to delete, and the truly false information used to perpetuate a message of exhibitionist feminism,” Moriarty wrote.
She said she would not deactivate her account so that her statement could remain public on her page.
“I am appalled by the response, the reductive assumptions and the video mentioned above, which is a prime example of such harassment. It broke my heart,” she wrote.
CNN has reached out to a representative for Moriarty for further comment.
Moriarty's other credits include True Detective, Jessica Jones and One Life to Live.