Suspect package found at De Niro restaurant

 Actor Robert De Niro's restaurant has been sent a suspected explosive device

Actor Robert De Niro’s restaurant has been sent a suspected explosive device

A suspect package similar to those sent to senior public figures has been sent to a New York restaurant owned by the actor Robert De Niro, US media say.

The device arrived at the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan early on Thursday local time, US media said, citing police.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has also reportedly received packages.

If linked to previous incidents, this would be the ninth perceived critic of President Donald Trump to receive a suspected explosive device this week.

De Niro – the star of films Raging Bull and Meet the Parents – is a vocal Trump opponent, and once called him “a national disaster”.

 

When the Oscar-winner attacked him at the Tony Awards in June, the president responded by calling De Niro a “very low IQ individual”.

 

The New York Police Department said the restaurant building – which also houses his production company TriBeCa Films – was empty at the time the suspicious device arrived, NBC reports.

Shortly after the news broke, President Trump appeared to pin the blame on the media, tweeting: “A very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the mainstream media that I refer to as Fake News.”

He made no direct reference to the device found at the restaurant, or any of the earlier incidents.

 

The series of bomb alerts began on Monday, when explosive devices were sent to locations in New York, the Washington DC area and Florida, authorities said on Wednesday.

The first was found near the home of billionaire businessman George Soros, a major Democratic Party donor.

Two devices were sent to separate offices for Congresswoman Waters.

None of the devices went off. The FBI has launched a manhunt for whoever is behind the packages.

CNN’s New York office was evacuated on Wednesday morning, after the package addressed to Mr Brennan was found in its mailroom.

The attempted bombings come just under two weeks before the mid-term elections, with US politics highly polarised.

President Trump first responded on Wednesday by calling for more civility in public life, saying: “Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.

“No-one should carelessly compare political opponents to historic villains, which is done often.”

The president made no specific reference to the intended recipients of the packages. -BBC

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