Comic Lee Hurst kicked off Twitter for tweeting Chris Whitty attack not enough

Comic Lee Hurst has been temporarily banned from Twitter shortly after aiming a string of abusive tweets at Professor Chris Whitty.

The suspension came after Hurst tweeted that Sunday night's attack on England's Chief Medical Officer was "not enough."

Disturbing footage of Professor Whitty being harassed and manhandled by two thugs in London emerged on social media earlier this week, the Mirror reports.

It shows the government adviser struggling to free himself from the men's grasp as they cling on to him, laughing and posing for the camera.

Hurst, who has dubbed himself a "proud covidiot" and admits to being an anti-vaxxer, shared his views on the incident on Twitter, leading to him getting kicked off the platform.

The comic told his 18,000 followers on Tuesday morning: "Whatever has happened to Chris Whitty is not enough."

He later added: 'I'm not putting any caveats into the Chris Whitty story. Fk (sic) him and his #FullPay, care home murdering scummy pals."

Hurst then posted: "If there was no video footage of Chris Whitty we would have been told he was beaten up."

The tirade was seized upon by some of his followers who reported Hurst to Twitter officials and the police, alleging he was "inciting hatred".

Hurst's account on the social media site has now been suspended.

A number of Twitter users have also shared their fury at Hurst's remarks.

Ex rugby player Brian Moore said: "Whitty's father was dragged out of his car and murdered by terrorists in Athens. Lee Hurst is ignorant and a coward."

He later added: "Oh dear, Lee Hurst's account has been suspended – another victim of consequence culture."

"Chris Whitty has worked as a front line doctor throughout the Coronavirus Crisis, including on covid wards on Christmas day. Lee Hurst has continued not working as a comedian," another wrote.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken out to condemn the "despicable harassment" and "intimidation" of Chris Whitty as a video circulated of him being grabbed by two men as he took a stroll through a London park.

"I’m shocked at seeing the despicable harassment of Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty," Mr Johnson said.

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"I condemn the behaviour of these thugs. Our hard-working public servants should not have to face this kind of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it."

Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon called for an assessment to be carried out of Professor Whitty's personal security risk after seeing the 20-second long video.

It's not the first time Hurst has earned himself a temporary ban from Twitter.

In March he caused controversy for his posts about 18-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

"As soon as Greta discovers c***, she’ll stop complaining about the single use plastic it’s wrapped in," said Hurst.

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The tweet was reported and led to a short ban, however the comedian said he "didn't regret" the comment.

The Daily Star has contacted Twitter and Lee's representatives for comment.

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