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Usher Kerry Washington & Barack Obama

*Kerry Washington recently expressed that she received death threats for her support of Pres. Obama, published sources show.

The “Scandal” star exposed her political drama during an interview for “The Hollywood Reporter.” Washington dishes about the backlash she was hit with from Republican “Scandal” fans after speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, in support of President Obama.

“After I spoke at the Democratic National Convention — our show has a very active life on Twitter and Facebook — I couldn’t go near any of it because there were threats to my life, violence, sexism and racism. It was shocking that just me speaking at a convention incited all this anger.”

Washington continued, “I would never block somebody for saying ‘I disagree with you.’ But the threats to my life..that’s not so good.”

Kerry also opens up about how race is often the determining factor in auditioning for roles, and how it oftentimes creates barriers for African-American actors.

“It’s a little bit different for me because I’ll audition for something and they’ll just decide that they’re not going ‘ethnic’ with a character, which I hear a lot,” Kerry explained.

“People have artistic license…that’s what casting is: fitting the right look to the right character. Whereas you could maybe lose some weight, there’s not really anything I can do, nor would I want to, about being Black.”

Washington will grace the cover of The Reporter’s June issue, “Hot Drama Queens”